Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Question Man: What's the proper way of citing names?
We: Whose name are you citing?
Question Man: Just tell me how.
We: It depends.
Question Man [Audible sigh followed by rolling eyes and then disgust]: Gregory the Second and Konon.
We: The Barbarian?
Question Man: The Pope.
We: Pope Konon?
Question Man: No, Gregory the Pope, Konon, as in Leo III, the Isaurian.
We: Okay, Gregory would be listed as "Gregory II, Pope."
Question Man: Okay...
We: Leo is a bit more difficult, and there are a few ways you could do it. We'd just go with "Leo III" and then maybe clarify it with some parenthesized info on who he was.
Question Man: You can do that?
We: Sure! So "Leo III (Emperor of Byzantine)."
Question Man: But he's better known as "Leo the Isaurian."
We: Then you cite him as "Leo the Isaurian (Leo III)."
Question Man: Why wouldn't I put in the "Emperor of Byzantine" bit?
We: The parentheses are for clarification, I think listing him as both the Isaurian and Leo III is clear enough.
Question Man: And what about Konon? That's his original name.
We: The Pope?
Question Man: The Isaurian.
We: Cite him as "Konon (Leo the Isaurian)" -- another way you can do it is "Konon. See Leo the Isaurian."