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Some of the bookish treasures from the Monastery of St. John the Theologian, Patmos, Greece.

Established in 1088 by the Byzantine emperor Alexios I Komemnos, the monastery has been a continuous centre of learning and religious life since.

From top:

-A 1498 edition of Aristophanes, from the press of Aldus Manutius

-The Book of Job from a Greek illuminated manuscript (7th - 10th century)

-Homilies of Gregory Nazianzenus (Calabria, 941)

-Gospel book cover (1787; donated by Michael Soutzos)

-Parts of the Codex Purpureus (6th century; silver ink on vellum dyed purple)

All found here.