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Agion Oros Rare Manuscript Maintained by Central Archaeological Council

One of the rarest manuscripts preserved in Greece and abroad, the Code “Geography of Claudius Ptolemy” of the library of the Monastery of Vatopedi will be maintained in accordance with the opinion of the Central Archaeological Council (KAS), which has approved the study. The code dates back to the late 13th and early 14th century and includes the sections “The Geographical Lecture” of Claudius Ptolemy, the “The Moral Learning from Geography” of Strabo and the “Geography” of Strabo.
With external dimensions 37X27CX8, 5 cm. and internal 35,5X26, 5X8 cm., it is one of the few codes with secularism that exists in the Peninsula of Mountain Athos.  Its story could well be a source of inspiration for the production of a monastic era film such as “Name of the Rose.”
The code consists of 297 parchment sheets, front and back, including a small text, full-page miniatures and decorative motives. The Department of Conservation of Ancient and Modern Monuments and the members of the ACTC deemed necessary its maintenance because of the heavy damage at the parchment body from stains, wax, moisture, acidity and ink, and because of the holes and losses suffered during its adventurous life.

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