Sunday, December 11, 2005
One was Roger Shattuck, whose book Forbidden Knowledge I'm currently reading. He was Commonwealth Professor of French at the University of Virginia when I was a graduate student in the classics department there. I think that his only academic degree was a B.A. from Yale -- his life and work refuted those who regard formal academic credentials as all-important.
The other was D.R. Shackleton Bailey, editor and translator of Cicero's letters, Martial, and other Latin texts. As if his unrivalled knowledge of Latin was not enough, he was also a Tibetan scholar, who edited Satapancasatka of Matrceta: Sanskrit text, Tibetan translation & commentary, and Chinese translation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1951).