Saturday, February 14, 2015


Learned Divagations

C.J. Fordyce, "Infelix Dido," Classical Review 50 (1936) 226-227 (a review of Arthur Stanley Pease's commentary on the fourth book of Vergil's Aeneid; quotation from p. 226):
In these days when Wissenschaft runs riot we have resigned ourselves to the use of literature as a peg for learning, but the most hardened philomath will perhaps regret that the story which made Augustine weep and has moved the world ever since should in this ponderous volume have become the occasion for learned divagations on the habits of ants and the manufacture of purple, on ancient blondes and tigers and tattooing.
Related post: The Sauce and the Fish.

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