Tuesday, February 18, 2014


A Quaint Label

M.L. West, Hellenica: Selected Papers on Greek Literature and Thought, Vol. III: Philosophy, Music and Metre, Literary Byways, Varia (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), p. 485:
The book is only doing its best to reflect a traditional conception of 'the Classics'. But I for one wish that we did not still label ourselves with that quaint label, which seems to say to the world 'our study is concerned with the great writers who ought to form the basis of your education'. I wish we had a name corresponding to Altertumswissenschaft, that would strengthen the conception of the study of antiquity as a unity and as a science.

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