On my technical blog I’ve posted a review of a newish TeX editor called TeXnicle. If your using TeX on a Mac for to do your Thesis or other Classics writing (and you really should not be using MS Word, which is a truly horrible writing and layout tool), you may be interested: http://www.crazymcphee.net/x/2012/12/28/software-review-texnicle-latex-editor/.
- Endnotes blow big dirty chunks. They are anti-reader. Please, do not ever use endnotes, I don’t care how venerable your journal is and how long its been in business and how many decades you’ve used end-notes. Get rid of them. Footnotes only. If you hate the look of footnotes at the bottom of the page, too bad, don’t have any notes (or use an inline style, like MLA).
- That old style of referencing, e.g. ‘Burck., op. cit. 32ff’ … no, a thousand times no! I’m interested in this reference. Now I have to search through all your references backwards from this reference because you may have quoted several works by someone like Burck. Again, it’s anti-reader. Stop it.
- Use a variation of Author:Date format, inline or footnoted, it’s not important, like this: ‘Author YEAR: page’ … then attach a bibliography (particularly after I read your article and realise it is only of marginal interest to my own research but I nonetheless want to raid your bibliography).
Thanks ever so much,
A frustrated PhD student.
(Greece & Rome, I’m looking at you especially)
This article shows its own biases in a very important way, and I quote: “Because recent history shows us that the internet is a great destroyer of any traditional business that relies on the sale of information.”
Who says education (even in the sciences) is about “the sale of information”? This is the voice of someone who confuses facts and information with knowledge and wisdom. A category error. The elite will still get their expensive Harvard education and the rest of humanity will be forced to live on the free scraps of “information” that fall off the table.
Recently, writing my paper for ASCS 34 this January I was confronted with the question How much did the average Roman citizen know about their own history?
Walking along, say a major road built 200 years before, would an average Roman citizen of the late Republic and early Empire have known about the person who built the road? Would they know who Flaminius was? His name was on the main road north out of Rome and all the up through Italy to Ariminum (the borderland of Roman territory when he built it in 220 B.C.). Augustus personally undertook its restoration, strategically it was an important road. But its builder died in a famous battle (Trasimene) only a few years thereafter. What sort of education was necessary before they would know? Obviously Cicero and Varro knew who he was but these are men famed for being knowledgeable and erudite. What about your average citizen?
I find this question is almost unanswerable. Does anyone have an opinion?