The Voynich Manuscript. Known was the world’s most mysterious manuscript, This old journal has been dated to the early 15th century. The author(s) of the Voynich Manuscript are unknown, just like the language it was written in.
The 240 or so pages of the manuscript contain unknown plant species documented in an unknown language. The manuscript also contains images of aqueducts or an irrigation system with humanoid women bathing. It also makes references to astrology, biology and outdated recipes.
It’s not clear what language it was written in since nothing like it has ever been found. It’s also unclear what these drawings represent. Is the Voynich Manuscript an ancient first-aid how-to? Or is this a lost journal left on earth by a space brother?
This friday May 11th, a celebration commemorating the 100th anniversary of the re-discovery of the Voynich manuscript will occur in Rome. Forensic research, historical presentations and recent interpretations of the language and drawings will be examined and presented during the event.
For those of you who can’t make it out to Rome in time, there is an online high-resolution scan of the Voynich Manuscript online.
Full source: Voynich.nu
According to printed sources, the Voynich MS was discovered and purchased by Wilfrid M. Voynich in the Villa Mondragone, near Frascati, Italy, in 1912. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of this event, a celebration is organised in the same Villa on 11 May 2012. It will take place in the Sala degli Svizzeri, which can host up to 170 people. The event will include presentations, a lunch and coffee breaks, and the opportunity to meet and discuss with fellow Voynich researchers.
The main day of the event (Friday 11 May) is dedicated to a series of presentations detailing the current state of knowledge about the Voynich MS. Doors open for registration of guests at 08:30. The event finishes at 18:00. The detailed programme is available here.
On the following day (Saturday 12 May) an opportunity will be presented for attendants to meet and discuss. This will be at a location outside the Villa Mondragone and will tentatively last from 10:00 to 15:00. Details will be provided in due time.
The presentations at the event will be in English. Part of the welcome will be in Italian, for which a summary translation in English will be provided as part of the programme hand-out.
Registration is still open, but please try to register before 8 May 2012.
Details of the simple registration procedure are provided on this page.
Attendance to the conference is free of charge.
Lunch is free of charge to our participants thanks to our local sponsors. It it organised around wine tasting event sponsored by the Consorzio Tutela Denominazione Frascati
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