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  • By S. Mitchell on 14 July 2015

    This commentary is a towering masterpiece and a magnificent memorial to one of the greatest British classical scholars of the 20th century. Its mastery of Latin literature and language demonstrates an intellect the like of which is simply not encountered in today's world. Fordyce was unique, a titan among classicists, despite his comparatively modest published output. He ran the Department of Humanity (i.e.Latin), and some would say the university itself, for 37 years, and was a scholar of the old school for whom immense breadth of learning was the supreme desiderandum, not the trivial pursuit, so common in academia these days, of in-depth specialism in a tiny area. Hence he never bothered with a PH.D., but was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws in the year of the publication of this commentary. His erudition would shame a dozen PH.D.s of nowadays. I had the privilege of studying under him in Glasgow in the 1960s for 4 years. He led a department of fantastically gifted teachers of Humanity whose impact on the student was lifelong. He shaped the teaching of Classics in Scotland for decades, and would have been appalled by the indifference of the Scottish educational establishment towards Latin and Greek which has disgraced the country for the last 30 years. I could go on long about Fordyce, but suffice it to say that this commentary is an essential volume on the shelves of any self-respecting classicist. It is far more than an aid to the great Catullus, but a priceless investment for all who find the Latin language and its literature an endlessly exciting sphere of study.

  • By Michael Morris on 12 May 2016

    This is famously an incomplete commentary on Catullus for reasons that are still the subject of argument

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