1837Re: codices from the beginning
- Feb 1, 1999In my understanding, after the wax tablets, the term was applied to books of
this format made of papyrus, vellum, or
parchment. Although papyrus usually appeared in the form of a scroll, and
parchment and vellum in the form of the codex, there was a brief intermediate
stage, the papyrus codex. This came at a time when parchment was not yet fully
accepted, partly because it was thought to be a somewhat vulgar material, and
partly because, when the codex was new, it was not realized that papyrus was not
really suitable to that format.
Jeremy Duff wrote:
> Papyrus codices came first, on the whole, not vellum.
> I wouldn't be surprised if some of the earliest extant codices are the
> biblical ones from the second century (papyrus), though I may well be wrong.
> If you want to know try Turner, The Typology of the Early Codex (1977).
> At 13:27 01/02/99 -0800, you wrote:
> >An early codex, or caudex, was essentially two wax tablets bound
> >together like a book, or two ivory or wooden slates with wax. I
> >am interested in the what ms fragment is the earliest extant
> >exemplar of a vellum codex and the earliest exemplar of a papyrus
> >codex (which apparently came later)...not necessarily biblical in nature.
> >Jeremy Duff wrote:
> >> At 12:44 01/02/99 EST, you wrote:
> >> >Can anyone comment on the use of codex in the civilian world? I believe
> >> >Caesar began to prefer them, and introduced them to Roman use.
> >> >
> >> >Regards,
> >> >Tony Prost
> >> >All Nonnos All DAy
> >> First reference to literature in codices is Martial Epigrams 14.184-192
> >> (mid-late first century AD). Beforehand (Caesar etc.) they were used for
> >> jottings.
> >> Jeremy
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