Sunday, May 28, 2023


Fields of Study

Ronald Syme, "Pliny and the Dacian Wars," in his Roman Papers, VI (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991), pp. 142-149 (at 142):
Certain fields of study, large or small, have an easy appeal because no fresh information has accrued through the ages, or seems likely to emerge.
Negative evidence can be variously instructive. It is often worth the effort to look for the words and phrases an author avoids, the persons, topics, or episodes he has decided to omit. That is a clue to his style and idiosyncrasy. Also and further, a revelation of social conventions or political attitudes.

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