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# Codex Berinensis, a Florentine copy of an ancient Roman

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07 Sep 2017, 20:43
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
- who cares how many samples of the handwriting of the copyists are?

b) According to the account by the fourth copyist, the plague went on for ten months.
- who cares how long the plague went on for? what if it continued for another 100 months?

c) A scribe would be able to copy a page of text the size and style of Codex Berinensis in a day.
- so it can be copied in a day, so what? how does this narrow down whether the hypothesis was done in 1148?

d) There was only one outbreak of plague in florence in the 1100s
- if there was only ONE outbreak of a plague in florence in the 1100s, it must have been THE plague that killed many people in Florence in 1148 -- it can't be anything else

e) The number of pages of Codex Berinensis produced by a single scribe becomes smaller with each successive change of copyist
- this doesn't have to be b/c of the plague. maybe certain copyists like to write less and they planned to compose the writings in that manner? who knows?

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22 Nov 2017, 02:58
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.

Boil it down - Codex Berinensis was produced in 1148
Type - strengthen
The plague in 1148 CAUSED the first copyist to stop working, an assumption that -- if true -- links the production of the Codex Berinensis to that year.

a) Other than Codex Berinensis, there are no known samples of the handwriting of the first three copyists -Irrelevant - CB was produced by 4 copyists is given as a fact here
b) According to the account by the fourth copyist, the plague went on for ten months. - Weakener - If the first three copyist started in 1147 , then it weakens our claim
c) A scribe would be able to copy a page of text the size and style of Codex Berinensis in a day. - Irrelevant
d) there was only on outbreak of plague in florence in the 1100s - Correct - This answer choice RULES OUT the possibility that ANOTHER PLAGUE -- PRIOR TO 1148 -- caused the first copyist to stop working.
e) The number of pages of Codex Berinensis produced by a single scribe becomes smaller with each successive change of copyist - Irrelevant

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