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Title: Papyrus and Parchment
Subtitle: Additional Problems in the Transmission of 8th-Century Theological Texts
Author(s): ALEXAKIS, Alexander
Journal: Byzantion
Volume: 83    Date: 2013   
Pages: 1-12
DOI: 10.2143/BYZ.83.0.2988907

Abstract :
Based mainly on the editorial work I am conducting on three Iconophile texts of the 8th century (Nouthesia gerontos, Adversus Iconoclastas, and Adversus Constantinum Caballinum), I argue that the mistakes that are found in theological texts of the 8th century, are not only the result of the transition from papyrus to parchment in this period, but also of a number of different factors, such as: a) conscious employment of simpler language and syntax on the part of the authors, b) reliance on florilegia prepared in advance, c) citation of Biblical passages from memory conditioned by Liturgical readings, and d) the incorporation of passages copied in a loose manner from earlier patristic sources.

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