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n. pl. scrip·to·ri·ums or scrip·to·ri·a (-tôr′ē-ə)
A room in a monastery set aside for the copying, writing, or illuminating of manuscripts and records.

[Medieval Latin scrīptōrium, from Latin scrīptus, past participle of scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -riums or -ria (-rɪə)
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a room, esp in a monastery, set apart for the writing or copying of manuscripts
[from Medieval Latin]


(skrɪpˈtɔr i əm, -ˈtoʊr-)

n., pl. -to•ri•ums, -to•ri•a (-ˈtɔr i ə, -ˈtoʊr-)
a room, as in a monastery, where manuscripts are stored, read, or copied.
[1765–75; < Medieval Latin scrīptōrium; see script]


a room in a monastery for the writing or copying of manuscripts.
See also: Manuscripts
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scriptorium - a room in a monastery that is set aside for writing or copying manuscripts
monastery - the residence of a religious community
room - an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling; "the rooms were very small but they had a nice view"


n pl <scriptoria> → Schreibstube f (eines Klosters)
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Among their topics are figured books: Horatian book-representations, poetic quotation in fourth-century BC Attic oratory, Latin epigraphy and literary texts in fourth-century AD Rome: the case of Vettius Agorius Praetextatus, the library and scriptorium of the Abbey of Montevergine during the 12th and 13th centuries: presences and absences, and the textual transmission of Ovid's Metamorphoses during the Medieval Age: the example of Germany.
Running my white-gloved hands over the pages of a thousand-year-old manuscript, I was amazed at the still-bright colours applied long ago in a chilly medieval scriptorium. Would anything written today still be around to touch in another millennium?
Riddles 60 and 93, for example, describe the antler, which rejoices in its ranging about the forests, fields and streams carried by the deer, before being driven into exile in the scriptorium, transformed into an inkwell.
You could easily while away an entire weekend at this "living biblical history museum," taking in Herod's Temple and the Qumran caves; poring over facsimiles of ancient texts in the Scriptorium; encountering a laser show in which the Ten Commandments are etched in fire; seeking refuge from the crowds in the Oasis Palm Cafe; or shopping for souvenirs in the old Scroll Shop.
Mr Fleeson, 45, owner of Lindisfarne Scriptorium, said: "It's very peaceful but you have to get used to living your life around the tide.
It used to take four monks, labouring in a scriptorium with quills over calfskin, up to a year to produce a single book.
Benedictine monks established libraries and a scriptorium. In the 8th century, Charlemagne reinforced the prominence of libraries by ordering every school to have a scriptorium.
Before I knew it, I had set up a sort of medieval scriptorium.'
When we examine these in detail we can see clear evidence that it was produced in a busy scriptorium. There are sketches in the margin, newly visible with enhanced photography, which show the artist practising with models.
Become a scribe in the scriptorium and as the Vikings invade see how life was for those captured by the Vikings as slaves.
But when the Scriptorium is broken into, and Ravine Guard Carnifex Thane sees a homunculus fleeing the scene of the crime, events are set in motion that will ensure nothing will ever be the same again.