I Was Not Told There Would Be a Test

Our dear St. Beatus of Liebana, who has hitherto been quoting mostly the Fathers and the Scriptures, has apparently decided to branch out more in his reading as he approaches the last fourth of his Commentary on the Apocalypse.

He is throwing in the odd quote from Virgil and Seneca. Quotes that nooooooobody else caught, and which I am only catching because you look at them, and you look where you’ve marked the quotes with colored marker and where the page is unmarked, and you see there are unmarked bits that look like quotes, and you run them through the search engine and they are.

He is also cramming more subtle Bible quotes into his sentences, and the critical editions haven’t been catching that, either.

It is very nifty, but it is also very scary to be the only one noticing this stuff. And what if he’s quoting lost sources? There are some bits that definitely seem like quotes but don’t produce any search results.

On the bright side, computational linguistic analysis of texts is getting more sophisticated.


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3 responses to “I Was Not Told There Would Be a Test

  1. Huh? I’ve always found it hilarious that there is grant money to throw at such nonsense, and yet none for Basic Science. You know, understanding how DNA works, in order to Really find what people call “the cure for cancer”.

    Then again, since I already know the Pumping Lemma… AB*C U D, I am not too worried about such things. Seek first the Kingdom of God, and all the rest… you know. Sort of like how the world (sc. KOSMOS) is not big enough to contain all the books about Jesus.

    Oh well. (hee hee!)

    Meanwhile I will keep enlarging my collections of primes – I already have some 800 billion, all the way up to 25000000000013, and also writing more of the Saga. Oh yes, there is more to come. Thanks for being patient.

  2. Joy

    It is neat that you are discovering what has been overlooked by other scholars. I use those last two words advisedly. πŸ™‚

    • Me always accept flattery. πŸ™‚

      I’m a scholar, but only in the tradition of Victorians living out in the middle of nowhere who are bored, crazy, presumptuous, and don’t know what the heck they’re wading into. Except that I have a search engine. πŸ™‚

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