Gian Biagio Conte, Ope Ingenii: Experiences of Textual Criticism
(Berlin: de Gruyter, 2013), p. 20:
I remember that when Eduard Fraenkel held his seminars
at the Scuola Normale in Pisa, he used to say to us, every now and then, with a
smile: "A philologist is always happy when he finds a parallel".15 He spoke Italian
very well, but, in an error caused by the German eine Parallele, he got the gender
of the word wrong in Italian (… "when he finds a parallel bar"); and we, too,
smiled in amusement at his mistake.
15 See the recordings of two seminars (on Ajax and Philoctetes) interspersed with exuberant exclamations and witty, learned obiter dicta in Due seminari romani di Eduard Fraenkel, with an
introduction by L.E. Rossi, Sussidi Eruditi 28, Edizioni di Storia e Letter., Rome 1977.