Thursday, May 05, 2016



B.L. Ullman (1882-1965), "Horace and the Philologians," Classical Journal 31.7 (April, 1936) 403-417 (at 413):
A favorite philological pastime has been to search out all possible Greek sources for Horace and other Roman writers. This is in itself quite commendable, but the comparisons are sometimes far-fetched and, more important still, the conclusions are not seldom quite erroneous. If some of our philologians are right, a Roman writer cannot trim his fingernails, so to speak, in his verse, or comb his hair or kiss his sweetheart without taking the thought and the expression from a Greek source.

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