[Scriptoris] Codex Aureus Question
hillaryrg at yahoo.com
Wed May 12 15:12:00 PDT 2010
It's tricky looking at period texts, as very often words or phrases used often in the religious texts, ceremonies or services were abbreviated, or shown only with the first letter for a specific recurring phrase. It's handy to know the abbreviations, often found in the study of paleography. I have a few books on the subject, maybe one of these days I'll put some of the common text abbreviations together for a class/handout.
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From: Jennifer Smith <jds at randomgang.com>
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It's part of the wording. The text is from Matthew 1:18:
Christi autem generatio sic erat cum esset desponsata mater eius Maria
Ioseph antequam convenirent inventa est in utero habens [de Spiritu
The words in brackets are probably on the next page. The word
"Christi" in Latin is here rendered in an abbreviated Greek form
instead; that's a chi (the X), a rho (the P) and an iota (the I).
-Emma (greek geek)
On Wed, May 12, 2010 at 4:42 AM, Rose <rose_welch at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I have a questions about the Canterbury Codex Aureus
> inscription that I'm hoping someone can answer. On folio 11 of the
> Codex Aureus (which can be found here:
> http://www.soton.ac.uk/~enm/codexau.htm), there is a large X with
> animal heads on two of the ends. Is that letter the versal, and part of
> the wording, or is it just a graphic element, and not a letter?
> If anyone happens to know, please tell me. :) Thanks!
> Rose the Obnoxious
> Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy marshmallows, which is kind of the same thing.
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