Monday, November 17, 2014


Scholarly Writing

Theodor Mommsen, letter to Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff (May 18, 1878), tr. Ramsay MacMullen, Changes in the Roman Empire: Essays in the Ordinary (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990), p. 26:
Scholarly writing is almost as corrupting a trade as play-acting. The great majority of one's colleagues are vulgar and petty and devoted to the business of bringing these characteristics to ever fuller bloom. Anyone who enters it with any idealistic notions will have a hard time controlling his disgust and hatred.

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