E Got A Tattoo

To show us all how excited he is about the release of Logos 6, my 16 month old son got a tattoo.

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A Lesson in “Loving” Too Much

Recently, I picked up the Loeb edition of Herodotus’ The Persian Wars on Logos. After all, I got it on prepublication for $4. It would have been crazy not to …

In today’s reading, I encountered a narrative about Candaules, Gyges, and Candaules’ wife. The story goes that Candaules loved his wife and her beauty to such an extent that he convinced his friend, despite much protesting, to watch in the shadows as his wife undressed. The purpose of this shameful event was to demonstrate that Candaules was indeed correct in his assessment of his wife’s beauty.

There was, however, a bit of a snafu in the plan. Gyges was supposed to leave the room without detection, but, despite his efforts, he was found out by Candaules’ wife. Though she knew what had happened, she gave no inclination to her knowledge. Instead, she decided to avenge her shame and humiliation. Calling for Gyges, she confronts him and gives him an ultimatum: kill yourself for your shameful deed or kill my husband.

In the interests of self-preservation, as you could imagine, Gyges chose the later option. Candaules’ wife, according, stages the scene in the same manner as Candaules in his shameful deed. Gyges is instructed once again to wait in the shadows and to kill Candaules.

Gyges, once again, does as he is instructed:

καὶ μετὰ ταῦτα ἀναπαυομένου Κανδαύλεω ὑπεκδύς τε καὶ ἀποκτείνας αὐτὸν ἔσχε καὶ τὴν γυναῖκα καὶ τὴν βασιληίην

And after these things, when Candaules was asleep, [Gyges] both sneaking in and killing him, had both Candaules’ wife and kingdom.

The moral of this story?: Don’t go showing off your wife’s γυμνός to your friend.

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Runge on a Roll

If you are interested in biblical Greek, you should check out what Steven Runge has been up to these days. Brian Renshaw recently interviewed him about his new High Definition Commentary on Romans. You can check out both parts of that interview here and here.

Also, if you are interested in the Linguistics and Discourse Studies, you will definitely want to look at these recent blog posts:

I look forward to reading more posts as the come.

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Logos 6 Is Here

Logos 6 launches today, and I can honestly say that I have been waiting for this day to come. Having worked alongside a number of people involved in curating the cultural ontology, septuagint syntax graphs, and psalms data sets, I can say that I’m thrilled that it has finally been released.

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Looking Out Our Window in Bellingham

My good friend Thomas Hudgins posted a photo of his view of Rome from his hotel room. I thought I’d show him up . . . . Rome has nothing on wet, grey, dreary, Bellingham. Don’t you agree?

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My Morning Reading

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Keeping up with the languages you “know” and trying to begin work on a new one is taxing. All I need now is to get a Hebrew New Testament …

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Beard Status: 3/5 Done

Well, I finished writing and revising the first three chapters of the thesis. That makes two remaining chapters. I thought I would give you all a look at the status of the No Shave Thesember.

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It seems as if the longer I work on this thesis, the more I’m beginning to resemble my mentor and advisor, minus the hair on top. Regarding the length of the beard, by the time I finish the thesis, I suspect the student will have surpassed the teacher!

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