filed under: Geschichte der Philologie
Other than the great number of incompetent classicists, there is at present a number of men who are born classicists, but who are prevented for various reasons from realizing themselves. But the crucial obstacle in the way of these born classicists is the misrepresentation of classical scholarship by unqualified classicists.
Leopardi is the modern ideal of a classicist, the German classicists are quite impotent (the case of Voss is worth considering!).