New Series: Ancient & Medieval Manuscripts

Aparimitāyurdhāraṇīsūtra (MS Add.1277)Aparimitayurdharanisutra

Interested in ancient and medieval manuscripts? I am currently working on a series that will (briefly) introduce codicology & paleography.

Codicology (from Latin cōdex, genitivecōdicis, “notebook, book”; and Greek -λογία-logia): The study of books as physical objects, especially manuscripts written on parchment (or paper) in codex form.

Paleography (from Greek: παλαιόςpalaiós, “old”, and γράφεινgraphein, “to write”):  The study of ancient and historical handwriting (that is to say, of the forms and processes of writing, not the textual content of documents).


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