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Illuminated Manuscripts
5.20 Ptolemy's Geography
13th-14th c.
Vatopedi Cod. 655
Parchment, 33.3/36 x 25/26.7 cm, ff. 296


The Original New Testament

This is one of the most interesting non-religious codices on Mount Athos. It contains the Geography of Claudius Ptolemaeus and the Geography of Strabo.

There are forty-two maps of the three continents, Europe, North Africa and Asia. The mountains, plains, rivers and seas are coloured and rendered in detail, and a wealth of place names is given.

Bibliography: Eustratiadis - Arkadios 1924, p. 131. Richard 1952, p. 34. Kadas 1996 (1), p. 554.

Index of exhibits of Monastery of Vatopedi
13th century

Icon of the Mother of God and New Testament Reader Promote Greek Learning
Three Millennia of Greek Literature

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