To the Editors:

In his review (“Tending the flame,” November 2010) of The Classical Tradition, edited by Anthony Grafton, Glenn W. Most, and Salvatore Settis, Brendan Boyle remarks that “it wasn’t until the early modern period that the motto of the pre-Google, Latin-speaking world of letters—statim invenire, ‘to find immediately’—could be said to have any meaning.” I hope that by “early modern” Prof. Boyle doesn’t mean the twelfth or thirteenth century, since he will find that the term appears in the title of an essay by Richard H. Rouse and Mary A. Rouse, “Statim invenire, Schools, Preachers, and New Attitudes to the Page,” in Renaissance and Renewal in the Twelfth Century, edited by R. L. Benson, G. Constable, and C. D. Lanham (1982), on pages 201–28, where he will find the following: “This study will deal, then, with the...


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