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academic politics in the Renaissance
"[Girolamo Cardano's] troubles began to arrive in battalion strength, moreover, just when his career reached its peak. He moved to the ancient university of Bologna in 1562, hoping to find a haven from his colleagues' plots and attacks. But in Bologna too, his colleagues criticized him in public and undermined him in private. His enemies advised his students to study with others, assigned his favorite lecture times to rival teachers, and then complained about his courses' low enrollments."
(from Anthony Grafton's preface to The Book of My Life by Cardano, NYRB, 2002)
И ведь ничего с тех пор не изменилось.