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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 medical treatise, is undated but contains clues to when it was produced. Its first 80 pages are by a single copyist, but the remaining 20 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 10 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 one 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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12 Aug 2010, 09:13
Hi,

I don get how E is the correct answer. Can someone explain?
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12 Aug 2010, 09:29
I have seen this CR earlier. The OA is D.
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12 Aug 2010, 10:51
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I have seen this CR earlier. The OA is D.

yeah, OA is D.
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12 Aug 2010, 12:36
Oops, gave u the wrong oA. Sorry. But I would not make that post if I did not want to get some solid explanation on it. So, please provide your reasoning if u can and if this question has been discussed befro, let me know the link.

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13 Aug 2010, 08:33
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So, please provide your reasoning if u can and if this question has been discussed befro, let me know the link.

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D it is.

The premise is that:

A book is written by 4 people, the 1st 80 pages by A, the last 20 pages by B, C, D.
D mention a plague in 1148 that killed many ppl.

Conclusion:
The book is written in 1148.

Why would the last 20 pages need 3 people to write whereas the first 80 pages by 1? May be because the plague kill the first 3 guys? That sounds like what the Arguments lead us to.

What if there are another plague in 1146 or 1147 that kill the first 3? Then we cannot conclude that 1148 is the year. Therefore D acts as the "defender assumption" and wipe out all other possibility, 1148 is the only year in 100 years (1100s) that had the plague, and surely they don't wait for 100 years to write the next 20 pages
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15 Aug 2010, 01:35
ok... +1 for D...
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15 Aug 2010, 07:10
D looks correct to me. coz d eliminates all other possibilities.
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15 Aug 2010, 16:06
this is question from OG12 - correct answer is definitely D - it provides evidence for the exact year.
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09 Sep 2010, 00:01
D All the way!!
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09 Sep 2010, 02:17
I am for D.
It's discussed here in detail:
codex-berinensis-a-florentine-copy-of-an-ancient-87532.html?hilit=Codex%20Berinensis#p658524
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Codex Berinensis, a Florentine copy of an ancient Roman [#permalink]

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16 Sep 2016, 22:29
What is meant by "produced" in this context? Does it mean that CB was composed in 1148 or that it made available to the public in 1148? According to the dictionary it could mean either of those. In the context of the question it would make the question very different.
Codex Berinensis, a Florentine copy of an ancient Roman   [#permalink] 16 Sep 2016, 22:29
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