Here, in order from oldest to most recent are the not-exactly-numerous posts that have appeared on the other site in the past two and a half...
Wednesday, 3 February 2021
What, then, is time? If no one asks me, I know; if I wish to explain to him who asks, I know not.
“This is Silvius Bonus.’” “Who is Silvius?” “He is a Briton.” “Either this Silvius is no Briton, or he is Silvius malus [Silvius Bad].’”Silvius is called Good and called a Briton: who would believe a good citizen had sunk so low?No good man is a Briton. If he should begin to be plain Silvius, let the plain man cease to be good.This is Silvius Good, but the same Silvius is a Briton: a plainer thing—believe me—is a bad Briton.Thou Silvius art Good, a Briton: yet ’tis said thou art no good man, nor can a Briton link himself with Good.
In [these blog posts] I want to talk about cosmologies – how people thought about the world, not so much in terms of geography – or not only in those terms – but more conceptually in terms of cores and peripheries; legitimate centres and illegitimate outliers; and eventually about time and their place within it. What we’ll see, I think, is that things had changed significantly by the close of our ‘short late antiquity’
In the middle of the earth, owing to a healthy blending of both elements [fire and moisture], there are tracts that are fertile for all sorts of produce, and men are of medium bodily stature, with a marked blending even in the matter of complexion; customs are gentle, senses clear, intellects fertile and able to grasp the whole of nature; and they also have governments, which the outer races never have possessed, any more than they have ever been subject to the central races, being quite detached and solitary on account of the savagery of the nature which broods over those regions.
|The Rhine Valley in Alsace, looking from the Vosges towards the Schwarzwald|