This article reevaluates an assumption that has become part of the scholarly consensus in Codex Amiatinus research, namely, that Alcuin had seen the Amiatinus or its sister codices, and that the bible he presented to Charlemagne with his poem 69 was in some respects modelled on it. It demonstrates that the assumptions and interpretations used to support that hypothesis are untenable and based on misunderstandings derived from looking at passages out of context or mistranslating them. Further, it takes issue with the widely used codicological term 'per cola et commata', showing that it does not refer to a mise-en-page, but to reading or writing according to syntactical disposition, and in the evidence cited to claim Alcuin's knowledge of a Ceolfrith pandect, the phrase actually refers to directions for clear reading.
|Title of host publication||The Codex Amiatinus in Context|
|Editors||Jane Hawkes, Meg Boulton|
|Place of Publication||Turnhout|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2019|
|Name||Studia Traditionis Teologia|