Tuesday, July 27, 2021


Down With Everything Philological

Francis Bacon (1561-1626), Novum Organum, Aphorisms 3 (tr. Anthony Grafton):
Down with antiquities and citations or supporting testimonies from texts; down with debates and controversies and divergent opinions; down with everything philological.

Primo igitur facessant antiquitates, et citationes, aut suffragia auctorum; etiam lites et controversiae et opiniones discrepantes; omnia denique philologica.
Oxford Latin Dictionary, s.v. facesso, sense 3: "To go away, depart, be off," here jussive subjunctive, 3rd person plural, with subjects antiquitates, etc.

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