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Codex Berinensis, a Florentine copy of an ancient Roman medical treati

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Background: Codeex Berinensis (CB) is undated but contains clues to when it was produced
Evidence: a letter in handwriting identified as that of the fourth copyist mentions a plague that killed many people in Florence in 1148
Conclusion: CB was probably produced in that year (1148)

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A: Irrelevant; without a link between handwriting samples of the first three copyists and conclusion, the samples play no part in this

B: Weaken; "10 months" is a range that can span from 1147 to 1148 or from 1148 to 1149 or within 1148; we cannot pinpoint the exact year the CB was produced

C: Weaken; the ease of copying suggests that we cannot believe the evidence (a letter in handwriting) provided is that of the fourth copyist

D: Strengthen; the only one outbreak of plague in Florence in the 1100s helps narrow down the possibility of plague to occur in year 1148 (+/-); not ideal, but D is better than B and is the best we have

E: Irrelevant; the number of pages becoming smaller is completely irrelevant

This question leaves me assuming that a plague was the only significant disruption and CB was produced in the year disruption took place
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I think writing 20 pages doesnt take more than a year might be a possible explanation for strengthening option D
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It is expressly mentioned that "plague that killed many people in Florence in 1148" then why year is an issue in the question.
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It is expressly mentioned that "plague that killed many people in Florence in 1148" then why year is an issue in the question.


The question is not whether the plague hit in 1148 - it is whether Codex Berinensis was written in 1148.
The last 20 pages of Codex Berinensis were written by 3 different people. This shows some upheaval. The fourth writer had written a letter in which he mentioned a plague in 1148. The plague could be the upheaval - perhaps that is why people writing it kept changing. But this is just a conjecture. What if there was a plague in 1101 too and Codex Berinensis was written in that year and that had caused the upheaval. Or what if there was a war in 1120 in which many people were killed and that was the upheaval that caused frequent copyist change?
Option (D) narrows the possibilities. If there was only one plague (and that was in 1148), it increases the chances that it was the cause of upheaval.
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