on May 5 at 12:42AM
This stimulus essentially follows: except on the rare occasions when a document was of special importance, a seal's purpose was served after it was opened. After the purpose was served, the lead was recast.
This would mean after some special documents were opened the purpose of the seal was not fully served. For the others it was, and the seals were recast.
It would strengthen this argument if we knew that 40k is in the high end of the estimates as to how many documents of special importance were circulating in the early Byzantine Empire and thats what (D) says. The explanation for (D) says that it doesn't suggest that others of non importance were circulating, but to me it doesn't have to because we are just looking for any way to strengthen it, not make the argument air tight.
(A) doesn't strengthen it to me because it doesn't matter that the documents were opened, what matters is what happened with these seals once the documents were opened and we can tell what may or may not happen with seals by whether or not they were on documents of special importance.
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on May 7 at 08:32PM