• Islamicate Alchemy in Greek Letters on the First Page of Marcianus graecus 299

    Author(s):
    Alexandre Roberts (see profile)
    Date:
    2022
    Group(s):
    Alchemy, Byzantine Studies, Graeco-Arabic Studies, Islamicate Studies
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/9aq2-gb97
    Abstract:
    The famous middle Byzantine alchemical manuscript Marcianus graecus 299 contains annotations from the late Byzantine period, most prominently in its opening quire. This article examines a text on the very first page of the manuscript, a text written in a late Byzantine Greek script, but in a language other than Greek. A number of words in this undeciphered text can be correlated with Arabic technical vocabulary that would also have been used in other Islamicate languages such as Persian and Ottoman Turkish. Certain features such as accentuation on the final syllables of words make Turkish or Persian the most likely candidates.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal article    
    Status:
    Scheduled
    Last Updated:
    8 months ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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