Galician Colin has found some remains labelled as ashes, then there’s Raphael in the Pantheon (Ossa et cineres, though by all accounts his penis was the only part singed), and Princess Eadgyth, d. 946 (EDIT REGINE CINERES HIC SARCOPHAGVS HABET), etc..
I thought this was a metonymy brought about by the medieval church banning cremation: the ritual act may change but the ritual language (whose meaning is obscure to most anyway) is sacred. But the ambiguity which exists in Spanish (6 vs 8) also seems to be present in pre-barbarian Latin. Yan Thomas explains what & why in Res religiosae: on the categories of religion and commerce in Roman law, Joseph Forsyth disapproves, and Lewis & Short gives several examples, none of which however seem to rule out cremation. I like Cineri nunc medicina datur – giving medicine to the ashes, bolting the stable door, mustard after meat etc.
- Visigoths and Romans to share Cordoba Cathedral too?
The Visigoth church knocked down by the Moors was built on a Roman temple, and I’m told that both faith communities
- Barcelona debt
“Clos!” mutters a wealthy neighbour every time it rains, confident that doom is imminent for Barcelona’s dentally salient mayor. In fact
- A syncretist Morisco
Towards the end of part 2 of Quixote, Sancho Panza is hailed by a German pilgrim who turns out to be
- Romans, Christians, Catalans
Last night I had the privilege of singing at Ferrari driver Marc Gené‘s wedding reception, held in a neo-Renaissance palace (built
- more sport = more votes?
Although Spanish playing fields are not the 2m-deep clay solution of their English cousins, I’m still a bit surprised that Zapatero