The Archimedes Codex: How a Medieval Prayer Book Is by Reviel Netz, William Noel

By Reviel Netz, William Noel

Half archaeological detective tale, half technological know-how, and half heritage, The Archimedes Codex tells the dazzling tale of a misplaced manuscript, from its tenth-century construction in historical Constantinople to the public sale block at Christie’s in big apple, and the way a crew of students used the newest imaging expertise to bare and decipher the unique textual content. What they discovered used to be the earliest surviving manuscript via Archimedes (287 BC–212 BC), the best mathematician of antiquity—a manuscript that proven, for the 1st time, the level of his mathematical genius, which used to be thousand years sooner than smooth technology.

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Episcopal elections improvement sometimes caused bloodshed: when the Abbot Erluin of Lobbes, trying to enforce the Rule, expelled some malcontents, three of them fell upon him, cut out his tongue, and blinded him. The story of the great Italian monastery of Farfa is typical. It had been favoured by Emperors and was scarcely excelled for splendour. Then it was seized by the Saracens (before 915) and afterwards burnt by Christian robbers. Its members were scattered to Rome, Rieti, and Fermo; its lands were lost or wasted; there was no recognised abbot, and after Abbot Peter died his successor Rimo lived with the Farfa colony at Rome and there was poisoned.

By the middle of the eleventh century the old style of election had disappeared in France, and the bishopric was treated as a fief. In Germany the bishops, although for the most part men of high character, were often supporters of the crown and the mainstay of its administration; when a bishop or a great abbot died, the chapter and the great laymen of the diocese sent deputies to the court, and after a consultation with them, in which they might or might not suggest a choice, the king filled up the office.

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