Date: Second half of the sixth century
Dimensions: 30.7 × 26 cm
Description: This manusript is written in Greek with gold and silver letters on purple-dyed parchment. It is the oldest surviving illustrated Greek Gospel book. Its illustrations include images of prophets and other Old Testament figures holding scrolls with prophecies relating to Christ, an early evangelist portrait (Mark), and scenes from the life of Christ (e.g., miracle scenes and the Last Supper).
Relevant Textbook Chapter(s): 3, Introduction
Repository and Online Resources: • The manuscript is preserved in the Diocesan Museum in Rossano (southern Italy), from which it gets its name. View images of its restoration.
Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons
Tags: Ideology, Artistic production, Greek, Christian, Bible, Byzantine, Late Antique, Access to the sacred, Mediterranean, Works in textbook