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Ancient hidden texts from Mt Sinai to go on display in Athens

TAGS: History, Exhibition

Ancient texts from St Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai, Egypt, that were concealed for centuries under other texts until they were revealed through the use of state-of-the-art technology will go on display for four days starting on Monday at the Greek Foreign Ministry.

The texts will be presented as part of an international conference titled “The Other Voice of the Desert: The palimpsest manuscripts of the Sinai Monastery, new technologies for reading, discovery of unknown texts, prospects for research,” at the ministry’s Yiannos Kranidiotis Auditorium.

According to Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Amanatidis, this will be second time the texts are being presented after they were first exhibited in Egypt a few months ago. He said that work was conducted over a five-year period on 74 palimpsest manuscripts containing hidden texts dating to between the 5th and 12th centuries.

The hidden texts, he said, comprise about 6,800 pages and are in 10 different languages.
 

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