Uppsala University Library

Codex argenteus

Codex argenteus - which means the "Silver Book" - is Sweden's most valuable book and one of the world's most famous manuscripts.

Codex argenteus is a unique manuscript and the foremost source to what we know about the now extinct Gothic language. For that reason, Codex argenteus is invaluable for its importance for studies in language and cultural history.

The manuscript is containing the translation of the greater part of the four gospels. It was written in Italy in the beginning of the 6th century on thin purple coloured parchment of an exquisite quality in gold and silver ink. Count Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie donated the book to Uppsala University in 1669.

Codex argenteus was designated to the Memory of the World Register in 2011, and is currently one of six Swedish collections in the register.
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