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Having only a sketchy knowledge of what a palimpsest is, I wikied it and found the following:

..the consumption of old codices for the sake of the material was so great that a synodal decree of the year 691 forbade the destruction of manuscripts of the Scriptures or the church fathers, except for imperfect or injured volumes. Such a decree put added pressure on retrieving the vellum on which secular manuscripts were written.

Religion does poison everything.

Wed, 19 Nov 2008 02:13:00 UTC | #272793