Bentley, Master of Indexes

“Bentley now began to make for himself lists of the authors whom he found cited by the ancient grammarians; and it may be observed that a series of detractors, from Boyle’s allies to Richard Dawes, constantly twit Bentley with owing all his learning to “indexes.” Thus, in a copy of verses preserved by Granger, Bentley figures as
‘Zoilus, tir’d with turning o’er
Dull indexes, a precious store.’”

– R.C. Jebb, Bentley (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1902) p.7

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