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Rubrics Indicating Sources, In Tatian's 'Diatessaron'

Rubrics Indicating Sources, In Tatian's 'Diatessaron'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1200

Shelfmark: Royal MS 4 A.iv

Item number: f.23r

Length: 25.5

Width: 17.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Tatian was a 2nd-century Assyrian, trained in Greek philosophy, who converted to Christianity around the year 150. The 'Diatessaron' is a version of the life of Christ from the four Gospels, but combined into a single continuous narrative. It was originally written in Syriac or Greek, but it was translated into Latin by Victor, a 6th-century bishop of Capua. This manuscript has three inscriptions which prove that it belonged in the Middle Ages to the Premonstratensian Abbey of Tupholme, in Lincolnshire. On this typical page of the text, the rubrics indicate which gospels provide the details of the narrative: the first section occurs in 'Matheus, Marcus, Lucas', the next two sections only in 'Matheus', and the last only in 'Lucas'.

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