A Senile Illusion

R.C. Jebb, Bentley:

“The distinctive feature of Bentley’s Homeric work is the restoration of the digamma. Bentley’s discovery was too much in advance of his age to be generally received otherwise than with ridicule or disbelief. Even F.A. Wolf, who yielded to few in his admiration of the critic, could speak of the digamma as merely an illusion which, in old age, mocked the genius of Bentley (senile ludibrium ingenii Bentleiani). At the present day, when the philological fact has so long been seen in a clearer light, it is easy to underrate the originality and the insight which the first perception of it showed.”

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