That great river

Classical scholarship

That great river which once rolled through the life of Europe, fertilising so many generations, and working so many mills and factories for the enrichment of the human mind, has now, like Oxus, lost itself in stagnant shallows; and dreary pundits, like wading birds, peck and grub in it for their unappetising fare.

Hugh Trevor-Roper (1914-2003), The Wartime Journals, ed. Richard Davenport-Hines (London: I.B. Tauris, 2012), p. 35 (from “1940-41”), via the Laudator.