Ludwig Bieler (1906-1981), "The Grammarian's Craft," Folia
10.2 (1947) 3-42 (at 4):
If I were to choose a name for my profession as I understand it, I would call myself a grammarian. No other name
could be more appropriate for linking up my work with the past.
The craft which we grammarians are practicing has behind it a
tradition of more than two thousand years. It is the art of preserving literary texts from corruption and oblivion by means
of criticism and interpretation.
Id. (at 5, with note at 33):
Varied as may be the grammarian's interests and functions
in the wide sphere of human culture, the special abilities required for his profession converge on textual criticism and
exegesis: distinguere emendare adnotare, as Suetonius said of
Marcus Valerius Probus.4 However greatly the modern grammarian may differ from his colleague of the past, his basic work
is still accurately described by the ancient
triad. The grammarian's work culminates in editorship — the
severest test to
which his vocation can be
put, and the very core of his craft.
grammaticis, chap. 24.
Id. (at 10):
We must use
our rules with discretion — as guides, not as principles. Principiis
obsta, "resist principles" — as Ludwig Radermacher, in one of his
lighter moods, advised his students.
Id. (at 30):
criticus that is really well done can be as fascinating to read as
are significant equations to the mathematician.