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What is fascinating, how true can be description of the acts after 400 years? At the best its a legend. At the worst - Roman imperial propaganda. By the way I admire the codex layout. Calligraphy is astonishing.

Well, there are fragments and quotations in letters even from the first century that have survived, so you can make a diff between any overlap. If the topic is of interest, one could even use stemmatology to figure out the most likely original using something like what was done here: http://agenda.albanova.se/getFile.py/access?contribId=263&am...

I'm not sure why you're reducing its worth despite 400 years since the letters and gospel were put together. Many exhibits in museums such as Taipei National Palace Museum might be what you call a "legend" or Chinese "imperial propaganda." These artifacts provide volumes of anthropological insight to the people of that era, even if the supposed acts are years removed (or for Buddhist or Taoist writings, there might not even be a measurable date for such recordings or chronicles).

They could be roughly as accurate as our accounts of Galileo.


This is what I am talking about. The article you are referring contains image of the 19th century, it has nothing to do with the original telescope.

And I could just as easily say that it's typical to focus on later sources and ignore the fact that there are earlier ones :) The Codex is just everything gathered together: the items gathered were much older.

Do you know that in late medieval Germany there were several official heads of John the Baptist in reliquaries at different places? How on Earth such things can justify anything? Older lies are still lies, right? The only good thing is calligraphy and writing school that emerged within the Church, that started to serve science later.

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