Tuesday, December 29, 2015


A Reminder

B.L. Gildersleeve (1831-1924), "Brief Mention," American Journal of Philology 20.1 (1899) 108-113 (at 108):
With all our advance in scientific astronomy, the average modern man is not so familiar with the sky as was his antique brother, and some of the blunders in modern works of fiction that are scored from time to time in scientific journals would hardly have been possible for a ploughman of antiquity, not to say a sailor. The world needs every now and then a reminder that the modern head holds different things from the ancient brain-pan, not necessarily more.

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