In the Middle Ages it would have been impossible to say who had built many of the cathedrals or painted many of the pictures. […]
It is only in our epoch of civilization that people have begun to attach such value to the human name; in earlier epochs, more spiritual than our own, the individual name was of less importance. Spirituality in those days was directed to reality; whereas our epoch adheres to the delusion of thinking that what is a mere concern of the moment should be preserved. […]
Nobody knows who wrote the work entitled Theologica Deutsch. On the outside there are only the words: The man from Frankfurt. He, therefore, was one who took care that his very name should be unknown. He worked in such a way that he merely added something to the world without asking for honour or for the preservation of his name.
Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 93 – The Work of Secret Societies in the World – Berlin, December 23, 1904
Translated by John M. Wood