Just A Few Short Reasons Xke I’m So Happy

Buonasera, everyone!

First of all: did you get it? “A few SHORT reasons”?

A joke about abbreviations for you to enjoy!!!

And second: I hope you noted the “perche” reference — that is for anyone who was really listening today!!

I am very happy to write for you all a summary of another great day, reminding me of how much all of us are so lucky to be here together. Despite being in Bologna for several days already, our immersion into the city and its vast history has been primarily centered on being treated like princesses (and one prince), with wonderful walking tours that we could just as easily count as beautifully-spent vacation time as we could call them classroom time.

Meanwhile, today, we truly began to get our feet wet with the research/patient/careful work-part of things. It just makes me appreciate Paolo leading the way that much more, now that we’ve had a day much less calorie-burning. But just think about it: it’s the first time it rained, and it was the first day we spent our afternoon indoors! We are so lucky….(as is Paolo that the rain waited.)

 

Below are some of today’s major highlights.

To begin with, in class:

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Class today was split into two parts.

First, there was a great introductory presentation by Flavia, preparing us with a background knowledge of abbreviation systems, and the types of commonly used ones which we will most often come across in our research for the rest of our time in this course. Flavia began by talking about the functions of various abbreviation forms and the things they provide. That is when she mentioned to us something called “the law of minimum effort”. This is material I was very familiar with, as I also follow a law of minimum effort in my own life very diligently.

I am just joking, of course; the law of minimum effort is the basis for the possibility of abbreviating our language in documents, as we are mentally wired to only need “meaningful letters” and “general combinations” of letters in words to conclude their representation power. Without this being true about how our minds process writing, no abbreviation system would ever be able to even exist.

Mostly, this thorough and delightful presentation served to truly give us a foundation on the main forms all of what we come across was founded in: namely, Tironiun note abbreviation and Notae Iuris legal abbreviation, Insular code and several that came later during the age of Scholasticism; all of this these things have shaped the forms we are working with in our materials.

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For your enjoyment, I have included the last line of Lindsay’s forward, photographed above….

It says “Finally, let me anticipate the criticism: ‘this books has no index.’ A book arranged such like this does not need an index.'” I think that’s a funny line, and also a great example of efficiency and brevity.

 

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The second half of class was a lot of fun! But it was also a bit intimidating, too. In this photo, you see the copy of the second letter we worked on decoding and, eventually, translating. Not only is it beautiful, but I also loved trying to decipher this document very much. At the end of class, Flavia went over our two document with all of us. We all felt better knowing it wasn’t supposed to be easy, and it was a great thing to find out it could be fun, too.

No, thank YOU!

No no, Professori… 10 Q!!!

After class and after lunch, we walked in the light rain with our professore to meet our wonderful other professori under the Two Towers, (and under their One Umbrella). Together, we walked through the arcades to the BUB (which — to translate from the Tironiun code — means the Biblioteca Universitaria di Bologna”.)

BUB

The rest of the academic day was spent here, where we went over several selected precious documents that our teachers had prepared for us, analyzing each with the same evaluation manner as in class with examples earlier today. For each document, we worked on catalogue sheets that aided in our learning the process of consistent identifying all of its parts and recording the information regarding them (whether it be sizes or line count or catch-word, etc.)
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The incredibly graceful, humble, brilliant, effortlessly stunning, and serenely accomplished palaeographists, who are our beacons, (and are photographed here), answered every question, and maintained a great consideration and patience for our learning something very complicated today for the first time.

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And Professor Mueller was there, too, being very serious as always.

 

 

 

So, as this blog post is getting a bit too long to be considered an abbreviation of the day, and yet is still full of complicated code, I shall wish everyone (library included), a wonderful night….

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And, besides, as Brian reminded me when I was trying to take pictures at the BUB, we will be there again in just a few days.

Goodbye for now,

Renata

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Buonasera, everyone!

First of all: did you get it? “A few SHORT reasons”?

A joke about abbreviations for you to enjoy!!!

And second: I hope you noted the “perche” reference — that is for anyone who was really listening today!!

I am very happy to write for you all a summary of another great day, reminding me of how much all of us are so lucky to be here together. Despite being in Bologna for several days already, our immersion into the city and its vast history has been primarily centered on being treated like princesses (and one prince), with wonderful walking tours that we could just as easily count as beautifully-spent vacation time as we could call them classroom time.

Meanwhile, today, we truly began to get our feet wet with the research/patient/careful work-part of things. It just makes me appreciate Paolo leading the way and gelato on-the-go that…

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