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Hugh Nibley Observed
Hugh Nibley and Classical Scholarship
Eric D. Huntsman

Eric D. Huntsman

“Let me begin by telling you a little bit about myself via Brother Nibley. I have come to understand that has become somewhat part of the genre of speaking about Brother Nibley—to share Nibley anecdotes and how you know him. Now, here I am considerably handicapped because I’m a little bit younger than some of my colleagues who were his students. I started BYU in 1983 when Professor Nibley was already emeritus. But I did get one class with him in the fall of 1984. At the time I was in a period of academic crisis. I had had a head-on collision with calculus, my dreams of becoming a medical doctor were crumbling around me, and I had to do something else.”

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