EXHIBITION: The Codex and Crafts in Late Antiquity (February 23ā€“July 8, 2018)

Bard Graduate Center, February 23 ā€“ July 8, 2018

The transition from roll to codex as the standard format for the book is one of the most culturally significant innovations of late antiquity, the period between the third and eighth centuries AD.

This exhibition offers a concise history of the first steps of the codex book format from a technical and technological point of view. Specifically it focuses on the different techniques used to turn leaves of papyrus or parchment into a functional book that could be safely used and preserved.

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