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Thread: English translation: Theoretical and practical - Golden Chain of Homer by Naxagoras

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmuldvich View Post
    Gunnar Kossatz?
    that would indeed be me.

    I assume you are talking about this book:

    https://books.google.co.in/books?id=...nail&q&f=false

    I had a brief look and can say this:

    the google scan is mediocre, some parts are hard to read. The text is interspersed with latin which i dont speak. for small latin parts its no trouble getting a translation from someone who is unfamiliar with alchemy, for longer parts the misunderstandings due to misinterpretations will be significant.

    the language is old german of course and that in itself does not pose a big hurdle (for people familiar with it) but to allow for practical workflow the text needed to be transcibed.

    all in all I would put the effort lesser than the previous works I have done but still significant. If a proper payment would be required say of US$ 15.-/h this certainly would be too much for a small group of people to bear.

    I guesstimate the workload to be > 100h for the translation to english with additional 15h for a book layout in indesign

    wouldnt it be nice if the crowdfunding project had gone thru <just teasing>

    -sam

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    Quote Originally Posted by sam View Post
    that would indeed be me.

    I assume you are talking about this book:

    https://books.google.co.in/books?id=...nail&q&f=false

    I had a brief look and can say this:

    the google scan is mediocre, some parts are hard to read. The text is interspersed with latin which i dont speak. for small latin parts its no trouble getting a translation from someone who is unfamiliar with alchemy, for longer parts the misunderstandings due to misinterpretations will be significant.

    the language is old german of course and that in itself does not pose a big hurdle (for people familiar with it) but to allow for practical workflow the text needed to be transcibed.

    all in all I would put the effort lesser than the previous works I have done but still significant. If a proper payment would be required say of US$ 15.-/h this certainly would be too much for a small group of people to bear.

    I guesstimate the workload to be > 100h for the translation to english with additional 15h for a book layout in indesign

    wouldnt it be nice if the crowdfunding project had gone thru <just teasing>

    -sam
    sam, I would be interested in a crowd funded translation and wondering if we could scrounge up say ~20 people. Would be a pricey book but maybe worth the effort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aham View Post
    sam, I would be interested in a crowd funded translation and wondering if we could scrounge up say ~20 people. Would be a pricey book but maybe worth the effort.
    totally with you - if you organize payment. I have done my deeds and more re: crowdfunding, but best of luck.

    I doubt it though. considering the echo on my earlier efforts towards such an undertaking.

    20 people would likely not be enough. nobody pays close to 100 bucks for a book like that. try 50 people and you may have some success.

    also consider that the cost I suggested are meant for the rights to stay with the translator - the crowdfunders would get a relatively costly copy and everybody else a much cheaper copy later when the book is published thru LULU or some such.
    So you are looking for 50 generous souls.

    -sam

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    The scan isn't that bad.
    Maybe you don't need the whole thing, but the interesting parts only. However there needs to be a person acting as a "filter" to tell what those are.
    I don't feel qualified as the filter, but I could translate small bits and pieces, like I did with that 5th grade Golden R+C instructions, if someone tells what to look for.

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    Ok. I wanted to give you a summary of the first part of the book, but the introduction told me not to say anything to the unworthy, or I and my soul are going to be cursed in the name of god and I must expect an early death.

    Now I'm afraid a thunderbolt will strike me while sitting on the toilet. Do you think that's exaggerated?

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    Especially on the toilet. This area is particularly dangerous and prone to lightning strikes.

    However, Elvis died on the toilet. So did Catherine the Great, Judy Garland, Tywin Lannister and others
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florius Frammel View Post
    Ok. I wanted to give you a summary of the first part of the book, but the introduction told me not to say anything to the unworthy, or I and my soul are going to be cursed in the name of god and I must expect an early death.

    Now I'm afraid a thunderbolt will strike me while sitting on the toilet. Do you think that's exaggerated?
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