The Codex Purpureus Rossanensis is now documentary human heritage

Il Codex Purpureus Rossanensis

Besides being a source of pride to all Calabrians, this recognition promotes our region by presenting the world with the notion that it can be home to fine minds, leaving a patrimony of everlasting works behind them. In other words, there is more to Calabria than merely natural beauties. The Codex Purpureus Rossanensis has been recognized as documentary human heritage and listed by Unesco in the New inscriptions on the International Memory of the World Register. The news was communicated by Giuseppe Satriano, the Archbishop of the Diocese of Rossano – Cariate. The proposal that the Codex should be made part of Unesco’s register was strongly advocated by Monsignor Santo Marcianò, during his service in the above-mentioned diocese. Some of the features of the codex are: it is a Greek illuminated evangeliary, which contains the texts of the whole Gospel of St. Matthew, most of the Gospel of St. Mark (only the verses 15-20 are missing) and an abstract from Eusebius’ letter to Carpianus on the Gospel canons. The copists who wrote the Codex are unknown, and only 188 of its original 400 parchment papers have survived; the pages are all purple-tinged, hence the name given to the manuscript. Given the handwriting style employed, most scholars agree that it must date back to a period between the 4th and the 6th/7th centuries.

 

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