Saturday, June 29, 2013


The Sect of the Colarbasians

[Robert Southey and Samuel Taylor Coleridge], Omniana, or Horae Otiosiores, Vol. II (London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1812), pp. 234-235 (no. 228 = Greek Erudition):
Colarbasius, a heretic of right heretical name, who lived in the second century, taught that the fulness of Christian perfection consisted in completely understanding the Greek alphabet*. The sect of the Colarbasians still exists in literature, and from the inordinate applause which is bestowed upon their branch of erudition, we might suppose that the perfection of human learning consisted in an accurate knowledge of the minutiae of Greek prosody.

* St. Irenaeus, L. I, C. 11, quoted by Berulus.
"Colarbasius" is actually Colarbasus.

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