Monday, August 14, 2006


Seen and Unseen

Calvert Watkins, How To Kill a Dragon. Aspects of Indo-European Poetics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995), chapter 17, deals with Some Indo-European prayers: Cato's lustration of the fields. He calls expressions like visos invisosque (seen and unseen) from that lustration prayer Argument plus Negated Argument, and cites parallels from Umbrian, Vedic, and Hittite (pp. 208-209). A little closer to home is the phrase all things visible and invisible in the Credo of the Mass (Credo in unum Deum, Patrem omnipotentem, factorem caeli et terrae, visibilium omnium et invisibilium.).

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