Languages of God: Sacred Scripts of Ethiopia and Eritrea

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July 27, 2019 to October 13, 2019
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Languages, Literature





27 July 2019 — 13 October 2019


Venue: Blackwell Hall, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG

Booking: Free admission

The collection of Ethiopic manuscripts in the Bodleian Library in Oxford is one of the most significant in Europe. Members of the Ethiopian and Eritrean communities from Oxford, London, and Milton Keynes have worked with the Bodleian to co-curate this display which will help us to find out more about these precious books and manuscripts and share them with the public.

The event is part of an ongoing Bodleian Libraries project in partnership with the Faculty of Classics and the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research, and is supported by the John Fell Fund and The Helen Hamlyn Trust. Events so far have included an initial scoping meeting in July 2017, a family day in July 2018,and a study day in September 2018.

An activity day celebrating the culture of Ethiopia and Eritrea will mark the opening of the display on July 27. The activities will include:

•    Talks
•    Manuscript viewing
•    Ge‘ez writing and letterpress printing
•    Storytelling
•    Bookbinding workshops
•    Musical performances
•    Activities for children

The new volume Treasures of Ethiopia and Eritrea in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, edited by Jacopo Gnisci and published as part of the late Dr Judith McKenzie’s ERC project “Monumental Art of the Christian and Early Islamic East,” will be available in the Bodleian Shop at a discounted price of £12.


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