Excerpt from The Methodist Review, Vol. 35: Bimonthly; July, 1919
The intellectual output of those years is nothing short of marvelous. There 18 no need here to attempt a bibliography of his writings, but it does not exceed the limits bf a decent propriety to make a sort of casual mention of a few of them - enough at least to point a moral. The first of his books appeared in 1866 and Was a translation of Kuno Fischer's Commentary on Kant's Kritik of Pure Reason, a book which still appears to be counted of much value among students of philosophy, and gave an indication of Mahaffy's-philosophical bent of mind, evidenced again in 1871, when he issued Kant's Critical Philosophy for English Readers. These were both by-products, for his serious study was devoted early to and maintained continuously in the broad field of the classics, in which an acknowledged mastery was early achieved and fame secured. The earliest products of these pursuits were Prolegomena to Ancient History (1871) and Social Life in Greece from Homer to Menander The former may scarcely be said to survive, but the latter has become almost a piece of common household property. It is a book of many charms, not the least being its freedom from cant, hysterics and pedantic illuminations. The preface gave its note and color in the words: I have endeavored to take homely and common sense views, and have thus arrived at many results opposed to what I consider sentimentalism or pedantry. These results are in all cases supported by direct references to the Greek texts themselves, on which I have relied in preference to modern authority. Here510 Methodist Review [july.
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