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taoish

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Author, standup comedian, and independent scholar.
Interested in palindromes, antiquity and the early medieval, ancient coins, Daoism aka Taoism, comedy, politics, and music among other rabbit holes.

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Kent , to Medievodons group
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Just registered for ! Any other mastodonian medievalists attending this year?

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taoish ,
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@Kent @histodons @medievodons
I'm considering attending online if it's not too expensive.

pluralistic , to Random
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Your periodic reminder that if you:

a) Dislike long threads and;

b) Follow someone who routinely posts long threads;

that is a YOU problem, which you can solve by unfollowing, and, if need be, blocking that user so they don't show up in your federated timeline.

taoish ,
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@pluralistic
I'm a fan of @pluralistic and I like (many but of course not all) long threads.

When I make long threads, I feel like it's courteous to set the 2nd and subsequent toots to "unlisted" instead of public, so that people who choose not to read that one thread don't have to scroll through a bunch of CW toots.

Anyone who does read the long thread by clicking on the first toot will still see the whole thing. Others see only the first.

taoish , to histodons group
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Is anyone on Mastodon knowledgeable about Tironian notes? I've got tentative readings of two headings in a 9th c. Text from the Loire Valley, which mix Tironian notes and Latin charaters. But there are 13,000 T. Notes in Schmitz, many of which look very similar. Thanks!!

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Sure! Be forewarned, the MS is very hard to read (which is why it remained for us to decipher.)

Line 1: the start seems to be "Versus in baptisterio" but after that -- "Petri deleti"? maybe. Extremely hard to read.

Line 14: we read "De petra manante"

Line 1 of BL Harley MS 2735, fol. 1r

taoish , to histodons group
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Dirk Obbink loses a default judgment, in Hobby Lobby's fraud suit against him.

Why has he not been prosecuted? His fall from grace is otherwise near complete. But the question of why??? still remains.

@histodons

https://art-crime.blogspot.com/2024/03/judgment-entered-in-favor-of-plaintiff.html

taoish , to Random
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Great archeology + an amazingly well-preserved site = a sharp picture of a British bronze age Fen village circa 850 BCE.

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/19/science/archaeology-britain-must-farm.html

taoish , to histodons group
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Does anyone else remember this toy? (1970s, maybe 80s). When you lift the plastic sheet, it erases your writing.

Turns out that ancient Romans used something very similar (wax tablets for erasable writing). Some say that the word verse (versus) comes from the stylus "turning" in the wax.

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taoish OP ,
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@DemocracySpot @taoish @histodons
Cool, but before my time.

taoish , to Medievodons group
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Friday March 16th at 2:30 pm, I will unveil an unpublished collection of 4th-6th c. Roman poetry -- palindromes, Christian couplets, Claudian and (Ps-)Seneca. Including the first poem known re: the Apostle Peter's water miracle (Quellwunder) and 5 unpublished Latin palindromes.

This is at the Academy of America conference at Notre Dame, DeBartolo 216.

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taoish , to BookHistodons group
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Does anyone know of any codices where the main text of a book begins on the pasteup -- i.e. on folio 1v, where fol. 1r is invisible because it's glued directly to the binding board?

I am research one such book and trying to understand if this is unique, rare or common. And in particular, might this have been done to hide the text on folio 1r (which is now visible since it was pried up, if you can see past the paste marks).

Thanks!

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litteracarolina , to Medievodons group
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This afternoon we went hunting for inside the bindings of printed books, with the help of an endoscope. We made some very interesting finds, from ninth-century strips to Gothic music.

@histodons @medievodons @historikerinnen

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@matz @histodons @historikerinnen @medievodons @litteracarolina @HistGymBib

The most obscure of these related English words is the "paste-up" -- there might be a better term -- which is the sheet glued directly to the inside of the cover board, usually with the leather of the cover tucked under it. And they also are sometimes made with fascinating .

taoish , to histodons group
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Anyone else going to the Academy of America conference at Notre Dame this month? A mini-Mastodon hangout might be fun.
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taoish , to histodons group
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Here is a wonderful blog retracing the steps of the Einsiedeln Itinerary, probably compiled in the 7th century for pilgrims walking between Catholic holy sites in Rome, especially shrines to martyrs.

If anyone has walked these streets around Testaverde in Rome, please get in touch as it might relate to some exciting research I'm doing on Roman tituli and church inscriptions.

https://annablennow.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/itinerary-vii-porta-s-pancrazio-to-porta-maggiore-first-part/

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taoish , to histodons group
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Youssef Nader -- one of the 3 who won the Vesuvius Prize by reading a charred, unopened papyrus scroll from 79 CE -- from his blog breaking it down.

"The ink detection Journey of the Vesuvius Challenge"

https://youssefnader.com/2024/02/06/the-ink-detection-journey-of-the-vesuvius-challenge/

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taoish , to histodons group
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In progress now but you can probably still join in:

a ground table organized by the Bodleian on how medievalists can prepare for and recover from loss of online data, such as the British Library has recently suffered.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/now-you-see-it-now-you-dont-sustainable-access-in-a-digital-age-tickets-811234834227

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taoish , to BookHistodons group
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The very exciting news today in is that Brent Searles' team read several column-inches of a scroll charred in the 79 CE eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.

The bad news is that it's a deathly dull treatise on pleasure by , an Epicurean philosopher of little note.

The worse news is that he was Philosopher-in-Residence at this villa. The scrolls could be mostly or all his writing. Maybe even his drafts.
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taoish , to histodons group
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Apparently a big announcement is due today on the -- 12 columns of text by the Epicurean philosopher Nicodemus.

https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2024-ai-unlock-ancient-world-secrets/
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taoish , to histodons group
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Voynich manuscript!!

No one knows more about it or speaks more engagingly on the topic than Lisa Fagin Davis. Here is her most recent (very rigorous) discussion of the topic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VlSRZy0D_Y

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taoish , to histodons group
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More on the Roman (late Republican) luxury domus recently discovered. This website (in Italian) has several photos and a video.

https://www.ilgiornale.it/news/attualit/colosseo-scoperta-nuova-domus-mosaici-rara-bellezza-mai-2254488.html

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taoish , to histodons group
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[translation] News of a "late Republican Roman domus [recently] unearthed between the Forum Romanum and the Palatine Hill" circa 2nd-1st c. BCE.
h/t @ninawillburger

1/6

"… a luxurious domus from the late Republican age… in the area in which, in the Augustan age, the Horrea Agrippiana were built, the famous warehouses along the vicus Tuscus (commercial road that connected the river port on the Tiber and the Roman Forum) built by Augustus' son-in-law, Marco Vipsanio Agrippa."

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michaelmeckler , to histodons group
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CFP: Letter writing in the Roman empire (from Serena Connolly, Rutgers):

The Roman Epistulae Project invites abstracts for the conference 'Empire of Correspondence: Roman Imperial Letters as Literature and State Messaging, 31 BCE–534 CE' to be held in Boulder, Colorado, 4-5 October 2024.

Papers should examine the role of imperial correspondence in Roman society and governance.

Abstracts are due 1st January 2024. More info: https://tinyurl.com/hx6jvvx4

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taoish ,
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@michaelmeckler @histodons
Can you please unpack the phrase "Imperial Correspondence"? Does that mean anything written after Octavian consolidated power? Or specifically a letter written in the service of the Roman Empire, by someone with an official roll? Thx

taoish , to histodons group
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First word discovered in unopened (burned) Herculaneum scroll by 21yo computer science student.

https://scrollprize.org/firstletters

And one Youssef Nader was able to generate this image:
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show and tell for a lesser known Ptolemaic god, Harpokrates, a Hellenic interpretation of the Egyptian god of the newborn sun, Horus, as a child. Usually depicted with finger pressed to his lips and often with roses, he also later became associated with secrets and silence, leading to the concept of 'sub rosa'. Here shown on the reverse of a rare bronze obol struck in 137 to 138 CE under Hadrian, in Alexandria, Egypt, wearing a pharaonic hemhem crown

taoish ,
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@Greenseer There's a theory that the famous ROTAS/SATOR palindromic square is a coded paen to Harpocrates.

taoish ,
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@Greenseer
Exactly.

Miroslav Marcovich,
"Sator arepo = ΓΕΩΡΓΟϹ ῾ΑΡΠΟΝ (ΚΝΟΥΦΙ) ῾ΑΡΠΩϹ, arpo(cra), harpo(crates)", Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, Bd. 50 (1983), pp. 155-171 http://www.jstor.org/stable/20183770

Like most ROTAS/SATOR square theories, it's entirely plausible, not falsifiable, and unlikely to be true.

Why? BC it makes sense for Pompeii, but not so much for the Roman-era squares in Portugal, Pannonia (Hungary), Britain, Syria, etc.

taoish ,
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@Greenseer
Ha! Love the Marx Brothers, and the Harpo theory makes as much sense as most explanations of AREPO.

If you @medievodon @histodons

bloggingjulia , to Random
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Are there any other academics from the medieval studies field around here? I was wondering because most of the people here seem to be from the tech field.

Would love to connect with other academics.

taoish ,
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@bloggingjulia Yes! And welcome. Lots of medieval studiers here. A good way to engage with us is to add the @histodons group and the @medievodon group to your posts. Note: not the hashtag, but the a.gup.pe address like I just did.

taoish , to histodons group
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A proto-coin (ROMAN REPUBLIC: AE aes rude, 45.24g, before 4th century BC) is listed for an upcoming auction with a museum number written on the side.

The number looks like "L-1900-III".
Any numismatists or museum folk intrigued?
https://www.numisbids.com/n.php?p=lot&sid=7077&lot=1700

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11 Sep 1942: Death of Adriano Cappelli (b. 1859), Italian archivist & palaeographer at Parma State Archives, best known for his Lexicon Abbreviaturarum—a dictionary of c.14,000 abbreviations from .

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taoish ,
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@SJLahey @bookhistodons @medievodons

The Lexicon Abbreviaturarum is available for free download at archive.org, as well.
https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_nFwoAAAAYAAJ

taoish ,
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@jmccyoung @SJLahey @bookhistodons @medievodons
I took that class! For two terms. It is very good, and good value. Prof. Charles Burnett was my instructor. I reccomend it.

taoish , to histodons group
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One of the stolen papyri in the Obbink scandal has been returned and published. It turns out to be a previously unknown collection of the sayings of Jesus, possibly 2nd century - which would make it older than almost all of the New Testament.
https://brentnongbri.com/2023/09/09/the-date-of-the-new-oxyrhynchus-sayings-of-jesus-p-oxy-87-5575/

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taoish OP ,
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@ninetiger @histodons
One expert says no bc of the non-canonical material in this fragment - it overlaps with the Gospel of Thomas also - but I think it's worth more study for sure.

How can we be sure the other stuff wasn't also in Q?

taoish , to histodons group
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Does anyone know a comprehensive source where I could see all of the fragments of Filocalian lettering from late Rome? (presumably all church inscriptions by Pope Damasus, but surprise me!)

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