The Voynich Manuscript

The Voynich manuscript is an illustrated codex hand-written in an unknown writing system. The vellum in the book pages has been carbon-dated to the early 15th century (1404–1438), and may have been composed in Northern Italy during the Italian Renaissance. The manuscript is named after Wilfrid Voynich, a Polish book dealer who purchased it in 1912.

The Voynich Manuscript. Can you translate it?

The Voynich Manuscript. Can you translate it?

The pages of the codex are vellum. Some of the pages are missing, but about 240 remain. The text is written from left to right, and most of the pages have illustrations or diagrams.

It comes with an array of colourful drawings of strange plant-like creatures and celestial diagrams, but the contents remain elusive with some theorising it might’ve been a book on early medieval medicine.

However, due to the amount of star charts, some propose the book to have alien origins, whereas others believe it was a hoax which seems unlikely since the money and complexity required would’ve been unbelievably high.

To this day people dispute what the book presents and who actually wrote it.

As an odd side note, in the game Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, the player can collect pages of the Voynich Manuscript as they traverse the game’s world. In the game it’s revealed that the manuscript was written by the Precursor Race, a species of highly advanced humanoids that created the human race before being destroyed by an apocalypse. In its sequel Assassin’s Creed: Rogue, it is revealed that the manuscript is the key to activate a powerful artifact known as Precursor Box, which shows a map that details the location of temples made by the Precursor Race.

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