Friday, June 03, 2011

Wulfila 311-2011

First page of the Codex Argenteus, the oldest ...First page of the Codex Argenteus
The Gothic factor in European history is embraced by many countries. Today the province Moesia is part of Bulgaria. It was once the part of the Roman Empire where Bishop Wulfila settled down with his Gothi minores, Christian Visigoths crossing the Danube River to escape persecution in Dacia. Wulfila translated the Bible into Gothic, he constructed the Gothic alphabet and he was a shepherd for his flock, trying to create a Gothic nation based on a learned culture of Christian origin.

Today the most important physical remnant of Wulfila's Bible translation is to be found in Uppsala University Library: the Codex Argenteus, a magnificent gospel manuscript from the early 6th century Ravenna Court of Theoderic the Great. The Goths are often portrayed from a dark side. Wulfila and his flock, however, mark the beginning of brighter Gothic impact on European history: learned, ecumenical, peace-loving, and multicultural.

More at  Research News in Late Antiquity
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