Codex Argenteus – the ‘Silver Bible’

Documentary heritage submitted by Sweden and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2011.

© Lars Munkhammar
Codex Argenteus, an opening and the silver cover

The Codex Argenteus - the 'Silver Bible' - in Uppsala University Library is one of the most famous manuscripts in the world. It contains the most comprehensive still existing text in the Gothic language. It is the remnants of a deluxe book of the four Gospels, an evangeliarium, written in the early 6th century in Northern Italy, probably in Ravenna, and probably for the Ostrogothic King Theoderic the Great. The text is part of Bishop Wulfila's translation of the Bible from Greek into Gothic, made in the 4th century. Wulfila is the oldest known non-mythical constructor of an alphabet.

  • Year of submission: 2010
  • Year of inscription: 2011
  • Country: Sweden
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