Friday, July 28, 2017


A Way of Life

Oswyn Murray, "Arnaldo Momigliano, 1908-1987," Journal of Roman Studies 77 (1987) xi-xii (at xii):
The secret of his power was I believe also the source of his greatness as a historian. It was not his extraordinary learning (of which even Fraenkel was said to be afraid), or his ability to range over the whole of European history. It was his refusal to distinguish between scholarship and life; history was not a discipline to be practised in working hours in an institutional environment according to certain rules: it was a way of life, to be pursued with the same passionate commitment as life itself.

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