The Squaring of the Circle: The Body According to Vitruvius – not daVinci
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An excerpt from a literary work of Classical literature is rendered in a self-directed manner. The literary passage in question is a specific description that is found in the third volume of a treatise on architecture, which was written, at the turn of the current era, by the architect, Vitruvius; the description that inspired Leonardo daVinci, at the end of the fifteenth century, to sketch the figure of a nude male whose hands and feet are transposing a circle and square. The most reliable copy is the oldest extant copy, which is housed at the British library within its catalogue of rare manuscripts, under the code number, 2767, from the Harlian collection; the provenance of which traces to Charlemagne’s scriptoria, at the end of the eighth century. A facsimile of the h-2767 is obtained from the British library’s imaging services, on request. The two pages over which the excerpt is found were obtained, then formatted and layered, so that parts of the text that contain the description of the body may be traced. After which, these sections are transcribed from the manuscript so that its transcription may be emended of idiosyncratic punctuations, shorthands and spellings that the Carolingian latin copyist(s) would have used, but that the Classical latin author, Vitruvius, could not have possibly used. Next, the grammatical/lexical categories of each word is noted through a mnemonic system that allows for the parts of speech to be parsed, based upon it. Last, the excerpt is edited for nulls and then translated word-per-word. Throughout this last process, the translation is re-enacted and drawn in the spatial-temporal field so as to check if it makes any sense. In turn, this feedback loop repeats itself until it yields an iteration that cannot make any more sense. The final iteration of this feedback loop is what is documented for the defence of my thesis.
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Carlo Luigi Pasini (2019). The Squaring of the Circle: The Body According to Vitruvius – not daVinci. UWSpace. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/14464