Disordered content

Without saying that I subscribe to the highly-complicated history of ‘re-ordering’ that Nick Pelling has proposed for the Vms, I thought I should make clear to people less used to dealing with old manuscripts that such disordering is quite common.

Here, for example,  ‘hmmlorientalia’ describes well how disordered sections make reading SMMJ 180 a kind of adventure in itself.  SMMJ 180 contains a ‘Liber Gradis’ and ‘Asceticon’.

Due to the disorderly arrangement of the manuscript, the path for anyone who is continuously reading the text almost looks like a choose-your-own-adventure book.

To cover the surviving parts of the codex, beginning with LG and then moving to the Asceticon, one would read the folios in this order:-

(X indicates a missing folio or folios; there are three such places):

93-100, 83, 101, 90, 84-89, 91, X, 92, 80, 79, X, 82, 81, X, 76, 75, 71-74, 70, 69, 68, 77, 11-18, 78, 19-62, 67, 63-66.

See? 😀

– Nick Pelling’s analysis certainly requires a bit of mental exercise if the reader is to follow it, but in terms of comparative codicology, its a doddle. Not ‘overly complex’ in historical terms.


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