Getty returns Byzantine MSS to Mt.Athos
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June Samaras
2014-09-12 03:44:34 UTC
Return of Byzantine Manuscript to Mount Athos

[image: byzantio] <Loading Image...>After
many decades, an important Byzantine manuscript was returned to Mount Athos
<http://greece.greekreporter.com/?s=Mount+Athos> in Greece. The manuscript
that was stolen in 1960 by the Dionysiou Monastery in Mount Athos and
was bought from a private collector by the Getty Museum in California, in
1983, will be on display at the Byzantine Museum in Athens from September
15 to October 30.

According to the Greek Culture Ministry, the manuscript is a codex of the
four gospels (Tetraevangelion), made in Constantinople in the 12th century
and was first listed by Spyridon Lambrou in his opus “Catalogue of the
Greek Manuscripts on Mount Athos.”

The manuscript’s creator, Theoktistos, decorated it with
beautiful illuminations. The 12th century is characterized by the
production of ornate codices that were destined for members of the Komnenos
dynasty or for the major monasteries of Constantinople.

The Culture Ministry said that under a collaboration framework signed in
2011 with the Getty Museum
the museum agreed to return the manuscript to the Greek state.

The Byzantine manuscript will be exhibited at the Byzantine Museum for a
short period, along with a page depicting the 12 Apostles that was bought
separately and was exhibited at the Kanellopoulos museum in Athens.

Following the exhibition, both items will be returned to Dionysiou
Monastery in Mount Athos.
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Ralph Hancock
2014-09-12 11:03:36 UTC
Hope that 'The manuscript that was stolen in 1960 by the Dionysiou
Monastery in Mount Athos' was supposed to read '... stolen from ...'.
Otherwise the mind boggles.