From My Diary

It has been interesting to wander off for a bit into the field of early Welsh studies.  But I very much want to return to more familiar territory now.

Sitting on my desktop are a number of Word documents, containing partially complete translations of documents from the Council of Hippo (393) and the 3rd Council of Carthage (397).  I see these were last touched in June this year.  In fact I was relieved that it is not even longer!

This afternoon I picked up one of these, and started to look at it.  It contained a canon of the council of Hippo.  Back in the 1960s Charles Munier discovered five lost canons in a manuscript somewhere – not sure where – and published them in an article to which I have no access, Charles Munier, “Cinq canons inédits du concile d’Hippone du 8 octobre 393”, in: Revue de droit canonique 18 (1968) p. 16-29.  Presumably this says more about his discovery.

The text is pretty rough!  I had a go at the first canon back in the summer, but the sentences rather defeated me.

I had another go this afternoon, and this time the sentences made more sense.  I expect those fluent in reading Latin would have no difficulty.  But those of us who are dabblers must look at each sentence as if it was a crossword puzzle, to be decyphered word by word and clause by clause.  When you do that, you can get lead by one set of words in into a state of mind in which even obvious Latin is opaque.  You have to go away, and come back.  So it was this afternoon.  I was quite glad to find that it was working.

I shall do more of this.  I’d like to finish up all the material from these two councils and create a document with text and translation, containing the whole thing.  That would be one project done.


One thought on “From My Diary

  1. “You have to go away, and come back.”
    Kekulé discovery of benzene’s structure: the (fabricated) story of two daydreams he had about whirling carbon atoms forming chains, “twisting and turning like snakes.”
    Einstein’s remark: “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”

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