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Greek Alphabet, In A Volume Of Chronological Works By Helperic And Bede

Greek Alphabet, In A Volume Of Chronological Works By Helperic And Bede

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1130

Shelfmark: Royal MS 12 F.ii

Item number: f.26r

Length: 26.8

Width: 17.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Helperic and Bede were the main sources of information about such matters as how to calculate the movable date of Easter. This manuscript, which was owned by the abbey of St. Albans by the early 13th century, was very possibly copied from another manuscript now at the British Library (Royal MS. 12 D.iv), which was written c.1100 at Christ Church, Canterbury. On the first few lines of this page, over an erasure (presumably the scribe made mistakes in his first attempt at writing unfamiliar letter-forms), is most of a Greek alphabet, in which the each of the large Greek letters are accompanied by their names and the numbers they represent, in Roman numerals.

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