Wednesday, October 22, 2014


No Way to Pay and Promotion

Peter Levi (1931-2000), The Hill of Kronos (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1981), p. 31:
I remember as a theological student going to see Sir Maurice Bowra in Oxford, when I knew I was destined to teach there. I wanted to know how to behave, what sort of teacher to be. God knows what I wanted. He asked what my main interests were. I said literature, and within literature rather Greek than Latin, though both, and rather poetry than prose, but also Greek vase-painting. It came out in a sort of stutter. 'I see,' he said. 'Pots and poetry. Like me. Pots and poetry. No way to pay and promotion. No way to pay and promotion.'
Related post: The Value of Studying Greek.

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