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# Codex Berinensis, a Florentine copy of an ancient roman

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Codex Berinensis, a Florentine copy of an ancient roman [#permalink]

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Codex Berinensis, a Florentine copy of an ancient roman medical treatise , is undated but contains clues to when it was produced. Its first eighty pages are by a single copyist, but the remaining twenty pages are by three different copyists, which indicates some significant disruption. Since a letter in handwriting identified as that of the fourth copyist mentions a plague that killed many people in florence in 1148, Codex Berinensis was probably produced in that year.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the hypothesis that Codex Berinensis was produced in 1148?

a) Other than Codex Berinensis, there are no known samples of the handwriting of the first three copyists
b) According to the account by the fourth copyist, the plague went on for ten months.
c) A scribe would be able to copy a page of text the size and style of Codex Berinensis in a day.
d) there was only on outbreak of plague in florence in the 1100s
e) The number of pages of Codex Berinensis produced by a single scribe becomes smaller with each successive change of copyist
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09 Oct 2006, 14:51
Going with D here...

B seemed close also... but it implies that the authenticity is based on the information presented by the writer
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09 Oct 2006, 15:34
D also....it is better than B since there could have been multiple 10 month outbraks of plague. D narrows it down to this outbreak only.
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09 Oct 2006, 16:02
D for me

The conclusion here is that the codex borinensis was produced in 1148. To support this conclusion the answer choice must emphasise on the year of production as 1148.

The only answer choice that talks about a year is D. The other choices have no relation to the production year being 1148.

Does anyone have a better explanation .. I am not too convinced with mine but its the best i could do ..
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09 Oct 2006, 16:31
Got D.
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10 Oct 2006, 09:57
I would like to understand your raisonning that led you to D.

How is the sentence to be understood:
"the fourth copyist mentions a plague that killed many people in florence in 1148". Does that mean that the copist mentioned only the plague, or both plague and 1148?

If the date is not mentioned, D doesn't help much, because it could be a plague from another century.
If the date is mentioned, what does D bring more??
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11 Oct 2006, 01:30
Why did 4 copyists were employed when this could have been done by one only.
"but the remaining twenty pages are by three different copyists, which indicates some significant disruption."
is this line implying something?

maybe it was because of plague that different copyists were employed.

so may be the 1st 3 copyists were plagued(!!)..and the last one completed the treatise.

i'm cconfused!!!

karlfurt wrote:
Codex Berinensis, a Florentine copy of an ancient roman medical treatise , is undated but contains clues to when it was produced. Its first eighty pages are by a single copyist, but the remaining twenty pages are by three different copyists, which indicates some significant disruption. Since a letter in handwriting identified as that of the fourth copyist mentions a plague that killed many people in florence in 1148, Codex Berinensis was probably produced in that year.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the hypothesis that Codex Berinensis was produced in 1148?

a) Other than Codex Berinensis, there are no known samples of the handwriting of the first three copyists
b) According to the account by the fourth copyist, the plague went on for ten months.
c) A scribe would be able to copy a page of text the size and style of Codex Berinensis in a day.
d) there was only on outbreak of plague in florence in the 1100s
e) The number of pages of Codex Berinensis produced by a single scribe becomes smaller with each successive change of copyist
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11 Oct 2006, 12:36
D is the OA, but the raisonning remains unclear...
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