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Historical Book Structure Workshop: Nag Hammadi Codex VIII Workshop

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Nag Hammadi Codex VIII Workshop by Catarina Figueirinhas

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In this workshop, participants will create a small historically accurate Nag Hammadi Codex VIII model, which can be used as a teaching tool or for display. The workshop will begin with a short overview of early codex formats, including the binding models of the Nag Hammadi codices. The Nag Hammadi Codices, also known as the “Gnostic Gospels,” were discovered in 1945 in the Upper Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi. The Nag Hammadi Codices appear to have been written during the fourth century. These codices are among the oldest codices to have survived with their bindings still intact. There were thirteen codices found, but only eleven bindings have survived. The codices were leather bound with Coptic text written on papyrus sheets. The writings in these codices include fifty-two mostly Gnostic treatises, but they also include other works, such as the Corpus Hermeticum. One of the most famous writings is the Gospel of Thomas which is only complete in the Nag Hammadi Codices.

Catarina Figueirinhas is a Senior Conservation Specialist at the Preservation Lab, at the University of Cincinnati. Catarina earned her bachelor’s degree in Art Conservation from the Instituto Politécnico de Tomar and her master’s degree in Religious Studies from the Catholic University of Portugal. In addition, while working at the Preservation Lab, Catarina earned a master’s degree of Library and Information Science from Kent State University. Along with her passion for Conservation, she is deeply interested in the history of the book and early book forms, which has led her to take workshops at the American Academy of Bookbinding, the Paper Morgan Conservatory and Rare Book School.

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