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I chose the Greek word “pente” for my blog because that’s what my last name literally is in Greek. However, I first came across the word “pente” when I was studying music (former music major here) – as in pentatonic scale.

Anyway, a “diapente” is the musical term for a perfect 5th, which happens to be what I play a lot on my guitar since I play rock/metal music. In fact, one of the songs I wrote is named after my blog and website: Deus Diapente. I chose to name that song what I did because it includes a Tritone substitution, which I stole from jazz. That basically means substituting one “diapente” with a diminished version of it which just so happens to flip another diminished diapente in the original chord around.

Needless to say, it’s pretty goddamn awesome. A “godly perfect fifth” if you will.

So what exactly is a ὑπομνήματα? That is, “hypomNEmata”? (the stressed “e” is like the one in beta) The prefix, “hypo-” should be well known (hypothermia, hypodermic [needle], hypothetical, etc.), and the rest of the word, mnemata, should also look familiar. It’s where we get the word “mnemonic” from, meaning that mnemata has something to do with memory.

Justin Martyr, when he speaks of “Memoirs of the Apostles”, actually writes ἀπομνημόνευμα τῶν ἀποστόλων::apomnemoneuma ton aposolon. The “apo” prefix in this case denotes that it is “from” memory, in this case it means something akin to published memoirs.

So it’s my interpretation that ὑπομνήματα is memory aids (the -ατα ending is plural, like the difference between stigma [mark] and stigmata [marks]), sort of like unpublished notes. That’s exactly why many of the ancients refered to their notes and such with a word that has a relationship with memory, since writing was “new” back when people like Plato started associating writing things down with memory and memory aids.

So this blog functions as my “notes about religion”, to help me remember cool or interesting things that I come across that have some relevance to religion.

 

3 responses to “About

  1. Doris Plantus

    June 9, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I was delighted to stumble on your blog in my research and want to compliment you in the first place, for some of your huge insights. Also I admire your command of Greek. Wish I knew more about your background, as I intend to read more of your ὑπομνήματα about religion.

     
    • J. Quinton

      June 11, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      Thanks! Though I definitely feel that I don’t have a level of proficiency on Greek language that I would like, so I’m still learning.

       
  2. olivianus

    June 23, 2013 at 4:06 am

    J. Quinton,

    Today I received a referral to a comment you made about my blog last year. I thought you may do a reply to this thread on your blog:

    http://drakeshelton.com/2013/01/19/the-failure-of-secular-philosophy-to-the-university-of-louisville/

     

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