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Languages and Scripts in Egypt

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Professional Writers and Writing Materials

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Egyptian Literature

Collection of 13 Articles

Development of the Coptic Language

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Use of Papyrus for Written Records

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Development of the Codex

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Spread of the Codex by Christianity

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Development of Coptic Literature

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Glossary

apocryphal

of questionable authorship or authenticity

Codex

a manuscript volume, especially of a classic work or of the Scriptures

Codices

plural of codex, a manuscript volume, especially of a classic work or of the Scriptures

Coptic

It is a name for Egyptians of the Christian faith and their Church. It is also the name for the last form of the ancient Egyptian language, which was written with mostly Greek letters. The Coptic language survives only as a liturgical language of the Coptic Orthodox Church.

corona

halo or faintly colored luminous ring

Gnostic

of or relating to Gnosticism, a belief that held that spirit is good, matter is evil, salvation consists in deliverance of the spirit from matter, and salvation is achieved by means of a secret or higher knowledge

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These pages are from Codex No. 2 of the Manuscript of Gnostics, which contains 13 codices, or volumes. It combines Christian and Gnostic philosophy. It is considered to be the only witness in the world to the existence of this doctrine.

The codex also contains two apocryphal books, namely the Gospel of Mary and the Gospel of Thomas. This papyrus contains decorations depicting a number of coronas that resemble plaited ornaments.

This papyrus is considered to be the earliest example of such ornamentation in Coptic manuscripts. This codex was written in Coptic. Each page contains 34 lines.

Dimensions:  Length 28 cm  Width 14.5 cm

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Culture:

Coptic

Technique:

Transcribed
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Style:

Byzantine

Materials:

Plant Product
Type Type

Type:

Papyrus
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Location: 

The Coptic Museum

Created: 

Egypt

Discovered: 

Hamra Dom
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Created: 

4th Century AD

Discovered: 

1945 AD
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