Scribes with Knives

The British Library blog has a number of images of medieval scribes at work, with some commentary explaining the tools they used and other aspects of what is depicted. While the development of the writing desk does seem to represent a difference between them and their more ancient predecessors, there are still aspects of their [Read More...]

New Around the Blogosphere

Here are a few things from around the blogosphere, including a couple that would be easy to miss. First, André Gagné has a blog, which those interested in the Nag Hammadi codices and other aspects of ancient religion will want to keep an eye on. Next, The Ancient Bookshelf is another blog to keep an eye [Read More...]

The Biblical-Monastic @ Sign

Via IO9 I learned that Wired has an interesting piece about the probable monastic scribal origin of the @ sign, as a way of indicating “at” (whether in English or another language). It seems th@ monks beg@ this bit of shorthand – in the Biblical sense.   [Read more...]

Grumpy Scribes Left Their Mark

Do you imagine ancient scribes cheerfully copying texts? Think again. IO9 highlighted some of the more amusing comments from some medieval manuscripts, including more profound ones such as “As the harbor is welcome to the sailor, so is the last line to the scribe” and more succinct ones such as “Oh, my hand!” How impoverished [Read More...]


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