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6th century medical manuscript found in Egypt

A 6th century medical recipe has been found in Egypt by the monks of St. Catherine’s Monastery in South Sinai.

Mohammed Abdel-Latif, assistant minister of antiquities for archaeological sites, explained that the discovered manuscript is one of those known as “Palmesit” manuscripts, dating to the 6th century AD. The manuscript is written on leather and bears parts of a medical recipe of the renowned Greek physician Hippocrates.

The manuscript has also three other medical recipes written by an anonymous scribe, one of which contains drawings of medicinal herbs of the Greek recipe.

The second layer of writing found on the manuscript is a text of the Bible known as the “Sinaitic manuscript,” which spread during the Middle Ages.

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Story: Nevine El-Aref, Ahram Online | Photo: Ahram Online

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