May 27th, 2003

Fishy Circumstances

In order

I'm feeling in fairly good shape as far as work is concerned at the moment. I have a schedule to tide me through a summer of producing many rough chapter drafts, and it even includes a week off for vacation, and a reduced writing load in late July and early August to take into account the summer Latin class. I've just sent off the very short version of my Avista paper for likely publication and it's well edited because for one of the first times ever, C. felt he understood the paper and could get alot out of it. The only down side to this is that it might mean my rough drafts really do require a full 8 to 10 revisions in order to make them right and well-written. I'm mostly done preparing a job application which needs to be turned in this week. I can check out library books again. And Gavin wrote back to set up times to read Latin together this summer. For now, at least, it's all working out.
Fishy Circumstances

The Renaissance of.....?

Cronaca posted today on the continuities between the Renaissance and the Middle Ages, including a lovely little list of some highlights of medieval innovation. Petrarch certainly thought he was living in the same period as everyone else who hadn't lived during the Roman Empire. Admittedly, writers within his lifespan began to speak of their time period as something different from that which had come before.

Cronaca was spurred to make this post by a post by Colby Cosh, a post which included the line "Western civilization had laboured under the shadow of classical accomplishments in architecture, art, and engineering for a thousand years.". In his reply, Cronaca writes "Medieval people overshadowed by accomplishments of Antiquity? False."

The irony of this is that the rebirth that the Renaissance stands for was the rebirth of that same classical Antiquity. Authors in the period considered themselves superior to what had come before because they did a better job of imitating the writing style and art of the Roman Empire.
Fishy Circumstances

Search terms and feedback

While the keywords which have found my website lately are no where near as interesting as forthright's, a number left me wondering what the person was actually searching for. I've edited out most of the least interesting search terms. Which just shows I don't realliy get many interesting ones.

medieval technology This is reliably my top search term
early technology And this is reliably the second. Perhaps I should post more on the subject?
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good medieval websites I hope I helped.
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