ricardienne: (library)
...since it turns out that my presentation last week counted for a paper (I should write the paper anyway, right? Unfortunately, I'm feeling very lazy about this.)

-Family Man: a webcomic set in 18th century Germany, about academia (publishing, perishing, getting stabbed in the back by your dissertation committee!) and werewolves.

-[livejournal.com profile] boosette's very interesting essay about "Mary Sue policing" and bully culture. (I posted a long long comment about 19th century and early twentieth century notions of girls' writing and its "Mary Sue" (or similar) tendencies before I realized comments were being screened. Oops, but maybe I'll write it up at some point more thoroughly.) ETA: another interesting essay here that deals with what exactly "Mary Sue" characters do and why that is maybe a problem.

-An awesome site for 19th century American children's literature.

-The Vulture Reading Room: a group of scholars and critics read and discuss Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol to much hilarity.
ricardienne: (augustine)
WHAT?:

The protoevangelium seems to be the historiae of Asinius Pollio
, which were not only the basis for the works of future historians (particularly Appian and Plutarch), but also the basis for liturgical texts used throughout the entire empire in the caesarea, the temples of Divus Julius.

This popular version, anchored in the daily and religious life of the people, was transformed by the cult and changed during the copying and translation process – traduttore traditore – and eventually became our Gospel. The fact that the Church always claimed that St. Mark’s Gospel was written in Latin, in Rome twelve years after the Lord departed is confirmed in an impressive way.

RESULT: The century long debate as to whether the Gospels are history or literature, a product of tradition or editing, is traced back to objective and verifiable proofs and proven. The question as to whether Jesus was actually a historical figure is also solved: Jesus is the historically transmitted figure of Divus Julius.


oooookay.
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WTF?

(Not to mention the very fact that a place exists for people to randomly post this sort of thing, and that they do!)

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