The Golden Orphism Book (Bulgarian: Златна орфическа книга) is a Thracian golden artifact consisting of 6 bound sheets with total weight of 100 grams, with a size 5 to 4.5 cm, made of 23.82-karat gold.[1][2] As the sheets are linked bookwise, it is considered the oldest surviving codex, or book. Its contents are related to Orphism, which existed in the Thracian and Hellenistic world. Illustrations of priests, a horse-rider, a mermaid, a harp and soldiers, as well as writing in Etruscan, hint at burial process of an aristocrat devoted to the cult of Orphism. Found when a tomb was inadvertently opened during construction of a canal in Bulgaria, the book can be seen by the public in the National Historical Museum in Sofia [1]

Golden Orphism Book
Created500-600 BC
Discovered1955, Struma, Bulgaria
Present locationNational Historical Museum

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  1. ^ a b "НИМ показва пред камера "Златната орфическа книга", сътворена преди повече от 2500 години".
  2. ^ "Unique book goes on display". 26 May 2003 – via

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