Housman’s Invective

“The promptness with which these scholars defend the corrupt and the ease with which they explain the inexplicable are at first sight a strange contrast to the embarrassment they suffer when the text is sound and the difficulty they find in understanding Latin. Indeed it may almost be said of them that if they are to construe a passage fluently the passage must be corrupted first.”

-Housman, quoted in A.S.F. Gow, A.E. Housman: A Sketch (Cambridge : Cambridge University Press) p.24

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