The Codex

The Codex is a large book, bound in antique, black leather with brass fittings. The bindings are somewhere north of one hundred years old, but the papyrus pages are more than ten times as old. The pages contain images of scenes from life and Egyptian mythology, mixed with text in Middle Kingdom hieroglyphic and hieratic scripts. The hieroglyphic text consists of prayers to the various gods of Egypt, but the hieratic appears to be gibberish.

It is known in antiquarian circles as the Abramovich Codex, after the man who brought it to popular attention, Alexei Andreiev Abramovich, curator of the Imperial Museum, who found the pages of the Codex at a dig in Uganda in 1894 and bound them in their current format. A poor man, Abramovich nonetheless fled the rise of Red Russia to New York with his family before WWII, and despite considerable struggles refused to sell the Codex to any of the interested collectors or museums. He gave it to his son, Andrei Abramovich, on his death in 1948. Andrei gave it to his youngest daughter Ileana in 1989.

The Codex is linked to the Cypher Key.

The Codex

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