Wednesday, November 05, 2014


Authority versus Reason

W.S. Barrett (1914-2001), "Pindar, Nemean 4.23," Greek Lyric, Tragedy, and Textual Criticism: Collected Papers, ed. M.L. West (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), pp. 466-467 (conjecturing κατεδράκη; at 467):
I do not expect to make many converts: people are likely to go on printing κατέδρακεν and to justify themselves by saying that this is the reading of the manuscripts. The mirage of authority is always a more alluring guide than the wavering compass of reason.

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