Frank W. Walbank (1909-2008), "Polybius Through the Eyes of Gaetano De Sanctis," Polybius, Rome and the Hellenistic World: Essays and Reflections
(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002), pp. 310-321 (at 310):
May I begin with a personal reminiscence? Fifty years ago, when I was
just finishing my second year as a student at Cambridge, my teacher, B.L.
Hallward, the author of the chapters on the Punic Wars in The Cambridge
Ancient History, came to me and said: 'You have exactly two weeks free
of work before the end of term. That will be enough to learn Italian.
Then, next year, you can read De Sanctis.' As I soon discovered, he was
too optimistic: two weeks is not enough to learn Italian! But I did learn
sufficient to enable me (with the help of a dictionary) to read Volume III
of the Storia dei Romani. It was a wonderful experience, which I have never