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01/08/2017

Keep treasure? Biblioteca Capitolare of Verona activates a crowdfunding campaign

How to preserve the city's artistic and cultural heritage? Biblioteca Capitolare of Verona chooses crowdfunding to raise funds and digitize the entire literary heritage kept in its archives, which is estimated in:
- 1,200 manuscripts,
- 245 incunabula,
- 2,500 manuscript between 5th and 6th Century,
- 2,800 manuscript between 6th and 7th Century,
- 11,000 scrolls,
- over 72,000 volumes.

Today, on August 1st, is celebrated the 1500th anniversary of the Ursicino Code, the precious tome preserved in the Biblioteca Capitolare of Verona. It takes its name from the amanuensis - Ursicino - who copied the life of Saint Paul of Tebe and Saint Martin of Tours, written by Sulpicio Severo in the 4th Century.
This news is sure because Ursicino did not obey the usual practice at the end of the work and dated it: "This code was terminated in Verona, on August 1st, when there was Agapito as a console, very illustrious man, during the tenth indictment. Ursicino, the Verona’s Church reader", precisely on August 1st 517 AD.

For the birthday of the Ursicino Code there will be meetings and guided tours at Biblioteca Capitolare of Verona, but the Prefect of the Library - monsignor Bruno Fasani - revealed that the main goal of 2017 is to open the Biblioteca Capitolare to the public as a permanent museum.
To this end, after the summer, it will activate a crowdfunding campaign and will be made an exhibit, in collaboration with the University of Verona, entitled "How was written in the Middle Ages", to reveal a heritage of invaluable value in terms of economic but above all cultural, which has been partially scanned and made available to scholars.

 


The Guardian Angels of the Books”, Biblioteca Capitolare seen by Giorgio Oppici.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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