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The birth of the codex

Author: Colin H Roberts; T C Skeat
Publisher: London ; New York : Published for the British Academy by the Oxford University Press, ©1983.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book examines the process by which the Codex--the traditional form of the western book--replaced the scroll as the primary vehicle for literature. Drawing upon evidence accumulated in the last thirty years, this edition gives insight into the role the early Christian church played in the transformation of the printed word. --From publisher's description.
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Genre/Form: History
Manuscripts
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Colin H Roberts; T C Skeat
ISBN: 0197260241 9780197260241
OCLC Number: 10447820
Notes: Rev. and enlarged ed. of: The codex. 1954.
Description: 78 pages, vi pages of plates : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Papyrus and parchment --
The writing tablet --
From writing tablet to parchment note-book --
Martial and the first appearance of the codex as a literary form --
The evidence of legal writers --
Roll and codex : evidence of Greek literary texts of the first five centuries --
The codex in early Christian literature --
Why did Christians adopt the codex? : inadequacy of practical considerations --
The Christian adoption of the codex : two hypotheses --
The Christian codex and the canon of Scripture --
The codex in non-Christian literature.
Responsibility: Colin H. Roberts and T.C. Skeat.

Abstract:

This book examines the process by which the Codex--the traditional form of the western book--replaced the scroll as the primary vehicle for literature. Drawing upon evidence accumulated in the last thirty years, this edition gives insight into the role the early Christian church played in the transformation of the printed word. --From publisher's description.
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