Saturday, May 14, 2016


Reading as a Battle

Gilbert Highet (1906-1978), "Housmaniana," Classical World 67.6 (April-May, 1974) 363-368 (at 364, discussing Housman's annotations on L. Friedlaender's edition of Petronius' Cena Trimalchionis):
Evidently Housman read every line of the text and commentary with suspicion verging on hostility.
Id., p. 75 (footnote omitted):
Clearly, as he read, he considered himself to be engaged in a constant dialogue with the author: or should we say a duel?

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