"reading too much Mommsen"
Mommsen may refer to the works of a number of members of the same family, but Beerbohm is most likely referring to Theodor Mommsen (1817-1903), who is regarded as the greatest classicist of the 1800s.


Born Christian Matthias Theodor Mommsen in Charlottenburg in the German Empire, he became a noted classical scholar and historian. He received the Noble Prize in Literature in 1902.