This is a question I have for those trained in the classics and have read the novel, 1984.
One of the minor characters in the novel is a man called Syme, who works on Newspeak. He waxes eloquently about the beauty of destroying words and how that will fundamentally change the way people will think. Winston Smith calls him a philologist.
At the time the novel was written in the years following World War II, probably the most eminent Roman historian and philologist was Ronald Syme, who eventually became the Camden Professor of Ancient History at Brasenose College at Oxford.
I was wondering if anyone knows whether Eric Blair (George Orwell was Blair's pen name) knew Syme and, if so, whether they think Blair was satirizing the Oxford don.