Sunday, March 03, 2024


Haute Vulgarisation

M.I. Finley (1912-1986), The Use and Abuse of History (New York: The Viking Press, 1975), p. 212, with note on p. 246:
The mandarins should perhaps be reminded that at the University of Berlin the patron saint of twentieth-century classical scholarship, Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorf, gave two-hour public lectures every week which were events in the life of the city. 'Philology,' he once wrote, 'is for philologists; whatever is immortal in Hellenism is for every man who wishes to come, to see and to grasp.'64

64. Quoted from Hölscher, Chance des Unbehagens p. 24.
Wilamowitz, Reden und Vorträge, 3. Aufl. (Berlin: Weidmann, 1913), p. 3:
Die Philologie für die Philologen: das Hellenentum, das was darin unsterblich ist, für jedermann, der kommen, sehen, erfassen will.

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