Re: [GTh] Manuscript Notes: Page 32
Always happy to have some facts inserted into the conversation thanks Mike! J
I really haven’t looked at the facsimiles of GosThom with anything in mind other than to see what the fuzzy bits and lacunae actually look like, especially when there’s some controversy about the reconstructions, so this is the first time that I’ve ever tried to look at fibre direction, letter spacing etc.
I wasn’t aware of the “Scribe B” thing – not in a part of the MS that I’m concentrating on. It is fairly clearly different, isn’t it? Almost as though the original scribe was called away or became ill for what was thought to be a long time so someone else took over, but the original scribe came back much faster than expected and was able to finish the task. Probably just as well for their papyrus supply – Scribe B’s writing takes up significantly more room!
> The writer or copyist simply kept writing characters until s/he reachedI would question that. Almost all the cases I looked at were morph/syllable
> the end of the column and began again on the next line, regardless of
> whether the end of the line came in the middle of a word or the middle of
> a morph/syllable.
breaks. The ones that weren't clearly that weren't clearly not that either.
(Some depend on pronunciation of multiple vowels, which is beyond me.)
There also seem to be a significant number of cases where a line n is (1)
shorter enough than the lines above it to allow the first letter of line
be put onto line n, or (2) longer enough than the lines above to allow the
last letter of line n to be put onto n+1, and yet the scribe/copyist didn't
Also seeming to count against this view is another pair of contrasting
phenomena that occur throughout the text: (1) apparent attempts to squeeze
letters in at the end of a line (see line 1 of the text), and (2) apparent
attempts to space letters out at the end of a line (see line 3).
OK. This is very interesting. As I said, mine was an “off the top of my head” response rather than a carefully researched one. I also think we should be saying “morpheme” rather than just “morph”. Sorry.
If lines are normally divided at morpheme breaks, then the way that multiple vowels are divided may actually be a useful guide to their pronunciation, which people are a tad vague about. One of my nightmares is being at a conference of NH scholars and being expected to read significant amounts of Coptic out loud without warning. I have a tendency to try to read Coptic with a Greek accent and the long strings of vowels are a particular challenge. J
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> In the Middle Ages, ['quire'] had a number of specific meanings, withAs I said earlier, Bob, regardless of this and other definitions deriving
> specific names. In modern times, it refers to 1/20th of a ream, IIRC.
> See the Wikipedia.
from non-ancient binding and publishing processes, James Robinson
didn't use the word that way in his Intro to the Facsimile edition. In his
usage, a quire is an indefinite number of leaves folded together:
"A *codex* is made up of one or more *gatherings", usually referred
to as *quires*. For although this term is derived from *quaterniones*,
which is the designation for gatherings of four sheets (which came
to predominate), it has taken on the broader meaning of gatherings
of any number of *sheets* or *bifolios*." (p.32)