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Gothic Bible facsimile goes on display in Bulgaria's Archaeology Museum

Date: 26.11.2007

A facsimile copy of the oldest Gothic Bible, the Codex Argenteus, created in the 6th century, went on display in the Archaeology Museum in Sofia on Friday.

The original gothic translation is believed to have been carried out in the 4th century out in the lands that are now part of Bulgaria, so it is only proper that Bulgaria has a copy of the manuscript, Sweden's ambassador to Bulgaria, Bertil Roth said.

The facsimile is the centrepiece of an exhibition that also features the biggest archaeological finds dating back to the period when Goths inhabited the current territory of Bulgaria.

The exhibition opened its doors on Friday, with long-time Codex Argenteus researcher Lars Munkhammar from Uppsala University and Rasho Rashev, the head of Bulgaria's National Archaeological Institute, in attendance.

The Codex Argenteus, which translates as the Silver Bible from Latin, is a world-famous manuscript, written in silver and gold letters on purple vellum in Ravenna about 520.

It contains fragments of the four gospels in the fourth-century Gothic version of Bishop Wulfila, but only 188 of the original 336 leaves remain.

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