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Humanist Archives: Aug. 2, 2020, 8:02 a.m. Humanist 34.205 - tracing a quotation?

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        Date: 2020-08-01 10:26:08+00:00
        From: Manfred Thaller 
        Subject: Tracing a quote?

Dear Humanists,

Some twenty or thirty years ago I came across a quotation which
fascinated me very much, but where unfortunately I did not write down
the source. (Or indeed the quote verbatim.)

Presumably a British historian at the start of the previous century (in
any case before World War I) formulated something very close to:

The problem of a historian, compared to a scientist, is "that it is very
hard to put a small piece of the Roman Empire into a test tube, add some
Christianity and watch whether it dissolves".

I'd be extraordinarily grateful, if somebody could point me to the
author of that statement.

Best regards,


Prof. em. Dr. Manfred Thaller
Zuletzt Universität zu Köln /
Formerly University at Cologne

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