Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 185.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Thu, 29 Aug 2002 07:50:11 -0700
From: Brian Whatcott <betwys@DIRECTVInternet.com>
Subject: Re: 16.182 a garden enclosed, no garden otherwise
At 10:19 AM 8/26/02, "C. Perry Willett"
<firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote this:
>As A. Bartlett Giamatti was fond of pointing out, the root of
>"paradise" is from Persian for an enclosed garden, or, as the
>OED has it, "for a (Persian) enclosed park, orchard, or pleasure
>ground." Giamatti, in his dual role of Commissioner of Baseball
>and very public intellectual, liked the idea of a baseball park
>as paradise, but perhaps virtual paradises require a wall as well.
Here is how the Enc. Brit describes PARADISE. (1st ed.)
"A term principally used for the Garden of Eden, in which Adam
and Eve were placed immediately upon their creation.
As to this terrestrial paradise, there have been many enquiries
about its situation.
It has been placed in the third heaven, in the orb of the moon,
in the moon itself, in the middle region of the air, above the earth,
under the earth, in the place possessed by the Caspian sea, and
under the arctic pole.
The learned Huetius places it upon the river that is produced by
the conjunction of the Tigris and Euphrates, now called the river
of the Arabs, between this conjunction and the division made
by the same river before it falls into the Persian sea.
Other geographers have placed it in Armenia, between the
sources of the Tigris, the Euphrates, the Araxis, and the Phasis,
which they suppose to be the four rivers
described by Moses. The celestial paradise is that place of pure
and refined delight, in which the souls of the blessed enjoy
Altus OK Eureka!
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