Philology is the study of ancient texts and languages.
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- Philologists, who chase
A panting syllable through time and space,
Start it at home, and hunt it in the dark,
To Gaul, to Greece, and into Noah's ark.
- William Cowper, Retirement (1782)
- Philology always leads to crime.
- Eugène Ionesco, The Lesson (1951)
- To live classically and to realize antiquity practically within oneself is the summit and goal of philology.
- Friedrich Schlegel, Philosophical Fragments, P. Firchow, trans. (1991) § 147
- BALD heads forgetful of their sins,
Old, learned, respectable bald heads
Edit and annotate the lines
That young men, tossing on their beds,
Rhymed out in love's despair
To flatter beauty's ignorant ear.
All shuffle there; all cough in ink;
All wear the carpet with their shoes;
All think what other people think;
All know the man their neighbour knows.
Lord, what would they say
Did their Catullus walk that way?
- William Butler Yeats, The Scholars