Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Acting and actors

Point to remember, explore further, and write about: Classical Greek distinguished between dramatic acting and praxis. In English, we have only the one word -- act -- to signify both.

Source: Lecture on Aristotle's Poetics by Prof. Aryeh Kosman 
The Modern Scholar: Plato and Aristotle: The Genesis of Western Thought

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Real orthodoxy breeds confidence!

From Newman: "Writing zealously and freely on this side of the Catholic doctrine, Dionysius laid himself open to the animadversion of timid and narrow-minded men, who were unwilling to receive the truth in that depth and fulness in which Scripture reveals it, and who thought that orthodoxy consisted in being at all times careful to comprehend in one phrase or formula the whole of what is believed on any article of faith."

Reminds me of Bernard Lonergan's passages in Verbum: Word and Idea in Aquinas, when discussing Aquinas's lack of fussiness in translating Aristotle's Greek into Latin. Apparently, St. Thomas means different things by the same Latin terms in various places, and Lonergan sees this as a mark of an intelligent, fluid mind, rather than some evidence of contradiction or error.

Source for Newman quote:
Arians of the Fourth Century by John Henry Cardinal Newman
Chapter 1, Section 5, PP beginning "Writing zealously and freely..."

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A charm for bees

Christ, there is a swarm of bees outside,
Fly hither, my little cattle,
In blest peace, in God's protection,
Come home safe and sound.
Sit down, sit down, bee,
St. Mary commanded thee.
Thou shalt not have leave,
Thou shalt not fly to the wood.
Thou shalt not escape me,
Nor go away from me.
Sit very still,
Wait God's will!

Medieval People by Eileen Power (1963)
9. Old High German charm written in a tenth-century hand in a ninth-century codex containing sermons of St. Augustine, now in the Vatican Library. Brawne, Althochdeutsches Lesebuch (fifth edition, Halle, 1902), p. 83.