A Meeting of Minds

  • Robert Fraser


It was a Cambridge whose physical reality had changed little in centuries, but whose academic arrangements few today would recognise. As a young Fellow of Trinity, Frazer occupied a set of rooms overlooking the Great Court on a staircase whose previous residents had included Isaac Newton and Lord Macaulay.1 It was Macaulay who had set the author of The Golden Bough perhaps his most tuneful text when in “The Battle of Lake Regillus” he had described the mustering of the Latins:


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Notes and References

  1. 2.
    Thomas Babington Macaulay, The Lays of Ancient Rome (London, 1842), pp. 102–3.Google Scholar
  2. 3.
    R. St John Parry, Henry Jackson O.M. Vice-Master of Trinity College and Regius Professor of Greek in the University of Cambridge (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1926), p. 246.Google Scholar
  3. 28.
    Robert Ackerman, J. G. Frazer: His Life and Work (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987), p. 29.Google Scholar
  4. 29.
    Quoted in W. R. Sorley, James Ward, 1843–1925 (London: British Academy, 1927), p. 3.Google Scholar
  5. 31.
    James Ward, Naturalism and Agnosticism: The Gifford Lectures, 1886–8 (London: A. & C. Black, 1898).Google Scholar
  6. The “crux of faith” issue brought Ward close enough to the concerns of Henry Sidgwick for him to edit Sidgwick’s Philosophy: Its Scope and Relations (1902) and his Lectures on the Philosophy of Kant (1905).Google Scholar
  7. 39.
    J. G. Frazer, “The Prytaneum, the Temple of Vesta, the Vestals, Perpetual Fires”, Journal of Philology, XIV (1885), 145ff, repr. in Garnered Sheaves (London: Macmillan, 1931), pp. 51–76.Google Scholar
  8. 46.
    J. G. Frazer, Totemism (Edinburgh: A. & C. Black, 1877), repr. in Totemism and Exogamy (London: Macmillan, 1910).Google Scholar

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© Robert Fraser 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Fraser
    • 1
    • 2
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  1. 1.LondonUK
  2. 2.AndrosGreece
  3. 3.Kuwait

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