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Chapter 7 Byzantium
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Founded by Justinian in the near east Built a monastery fortress at the foot of Mount Sinai and pilgrimage chapels on the slopes Because of several factors (extreme isolation and very dry weather) the monastery is an immense repository of ancient Byzantine art and culture Famous as the site of the rediscovery of the earliest Greek codex of the New Testament Codex Sinaiticus discovered by German scholar Konstantin von Tischendorf in late 19th century Now located in British museum Saint Catherine’s Monastery at Mount Sinai
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Surrounded by heavy, fortified walls There are some modern building within including a fireproof structure that houses the library and icon collections The monastic church, the Katholikon, dates back to time of Justinian One of the more spectacular holdings of the monastery is the vast collections of religious icons Because of the iconoclastic controversies of the 8th and 9th centuries in the Byzantine Empire, almost no pictorial art remains from before the 8th century. Saint Catherine’s Monastery at Mount Sinai
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This note was uploaded on 11/24/2011 for the course HUM 201 taught by Professor David during the Fall '10 term at BYU.

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