Thursday, April 05, 2018


A Slender Chance of Getting at the Truth

Hugh Lloyd-Jones (1922-2009), Greek Studies in Modern Oxford: An Inaugural Lecture, Delivered Before the University of Oxford on 23 May 1961 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1961), p. 23:
If we carefully control every statement we make about an ancient theory or belief by reference to the evidence, if we are constantly on the watch against importing Christian or other modern preconceptions into antiquity, it seems to me that we have a slender chance of getting at the truth. Most likely we shall fail; at best, we may get at that fraction of the truth which it is possible for our generation to apprehend.

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