Tuesday, March 15, 2005

On the simultaneous, yet relative, deaths of two playwrights, one Iberian (failed) and one Anglo (successful).

Interesting, perhaps, to those who would find interest in such things, that both Cervantes and Shakespeare died on the same date, but not the actual day proper:

Whereas the Gregorian calendar was in use by the Spanish (a.k.a. Those with An Invincible Armada), The English in their infinite wisdom had still persisted in the Julian calendar.

Thus, such it is that if, in fact there had been no inconsistency with translation with regards to temporal matters, there would in fact be no coincidence. This snippet, then, brings to mind questions not only of synchronicity but also of semiotics (that is to say, if one considers a calendar to be a symbolic representation of time itself).


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