BMCR 2007.07.29

Response: Heath on de Jonge on Andrew Laird, Oxford Readings in Ancient Literary Criticism

Response to 2007.07.07

Response by

Casper C. de Jonge (BMCR 2007.07.07) states that Denis Feeney “disagrees with Malcolm Heath, who has famously claimed that ancient literary criticism is the only tool that a modern scholar is allowed to use”.

Since I have no wish to bask in unearned fame, I must point out that I have never made the mind-bogglingly stupid claim which de Jonge (following Feeney) attributes to me. I have claimed, subject to various qualifications, that ancient literary criticism is an indispensable tool.

A concise explanation of my thoughts on this issue (including a response to Feeney’s critique) can be found in chapter 4 of my Interpreting Classical Texts (London: Duckworth, 2002).