Saturday, June 07, 2014


A Perpetual Student

In my younger days I dreamed of being a student for as long as I could and avoiding for as long as possible the necessity of getting a job. Never in my wildest dreams, though, did I imagine remaining a student for over a hundred years. On this remarkable achievement see Joachim Latacz, "On Nietzsche's Philological Beginnings," tr. Philip Roth, in Anthony K. Jensen and Helmut Heit, edd., Nietzsche as a Scholar of Antiquity (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014), pp. 3-26 (at 4):
From October 1865 until February 1969, i.e. nearly nine semesters, Nietzsche stayed in Leipzig.
There seems to be another misprint, or at least something amiss, on p. 15, where Latacz is discussing Nietzsche's edition of Certamen Homeri et Hesiodi:
By now he has already received (from Leiden) the handwritten transcription of the time by Stephanus from the Florentine Codex Laurentianus.
I don't understand what "transcription of the time" means. A bold emender might suggest "text" for "time."

Update: Michael Hendry proposes a gentler remedy—"tome." On the QWERTY keyboard "i" and "o" are contiguous.


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