SIMONIDES, CONSTANTINE. Papers re Codex Sinaiticus, ca. 1865-1863
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Constantine Simonides Papers Relating to the Codex Sinaiticus, ca. 1856-1972


Simonides, Constantine, 1820-1867.

Constantine Simonides Papers Relating to the Codex Sinaiticus, ca. 1856-1972.

Physical Description
1 box (.25 linear ft.)

Historical/Biographical Note
Constantine Simonides was an exceptionally skillful calligrapher who is alleged to have sold spurious documents (as well as possibly some that were genuine) in England in the 1850s and 1860s. Among his clients were Sir Frederick Madden at the British Museum and Sir Thomas Phillipps. Simonides resided in the monasteries on Mount Athos between 1839 and 1841 and again in 1852, during which time he may have acquired or sold some of the manuscripts that he later sold. He was in England between 1853 and 1855 and then in France and Germany. In 1862 Simonides published in English journals his claim to have written the Codex Sinaiticus, which the scholar Constantine von Tischendorf had discovered at Mount Sinai some years earlier and maintained had been be written during the 4th century C.E.

Scope and Contents
Papers relating to Codex Sinaiticus and Constantine Simonides' assertion that he forged it. Includes manuscript copies of letters published in various British literary journals, 1856-1863. Also included is a letter to A.N.L. Munby from Andreas Mayor of Sotheby's regarding the codex. Includes published pamphlets and offprints of articles about Simonides and the manuscript.

Mayor, Andreas. Correspondence.
Munby, A. N. L. (Alan Noel Latimer), 1913-1974. Correspondence.

Simonides, Constantine, 1820-1867.
Bible. Greek. Codex sinaiticus. Forgeries.
Forgery of manuscripts.


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