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But first Fichte, and then Friedrich August Wolf, attracted him far more powerfully than Schleiermacher.
And particularly on Friedrich August Wolf, whose examination of the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey" challenged the idea that they were written by a single person named Homer.
If asked, I would have traced the “denial of authorship” pedigree to the publication of Friedrich August Wolf’s Prolegomena ad Homerum in 1795.
His attention and eager desire for knowledge stimulate new thought in the speaker day by day, hour by hour; and many a German scholar must have felt with Friedrich August Wolf, when he says, -- "I am one who has been long accustomed to the gentle charm which lies in the momentaneous unfolding of thought in the presence of attentive hearers, to that living reaction softly felt by the teacher, whereby a perennial mental harmony is awakened in his soul, which far surpasses the labors in the study, before blank walls and the feelingless paper."