One of the special treasures of the ELTE University Library and Archives is the Greek-language Gospel Book of Janus Pannonius (Cod Graec. 1). The parchment codex, probably copied in Constantinople in the 11th century, contains the text of the Gospels in the eight canonical tables of Eusebius, along with commentaries selected from St John Chrysostom’s explanations.
The codex may have come from Italy to the library of Janus Pannonius in Hungary as a gift from Péter Garázda. The oldest codex in our library is decorated with full-page illustrations of the Gospels in various stages of creation, the one of John was probably lost during the 16th century.
The Codex will be on display on the 17th of September 2022 from 14.00 to 17.00 in the General Director's Room on the second floor, where the presentation of the Gospel book and the opening of our chamber exhibition will take place from 14.30 to 15.00. In addition to a small manuscript booklet preserving part of Janus Pannonius' letters, probably written between 1508 and 1515, the chamber exhibition will also include the works of Italian and Hungarian humanists associated with him, as well as some early editions of his poems from the 16th and 18th centuries. More details about our programs are available here. All visitors are welcome!
ELTE Egyetemi Könyvtár és Levéltár
1053 Budapest, Ferenciek tere 6.
14.30 –15.00 Opening of the chamber exhibition and presentation of the Gospel Book of Janus Pannonius