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Badian, Ernst (1925–2011), historian of ancient Greece and Rome, was born on 8 August 1925 in Vienna, the only child of Josef (Joseph) Badian (1893–1965), bank clerk, and his wife, Salka (Sally), née Horinger (1894–1965). Jewish by descent, he experienced the organized anti-Jewish mob violence of ...


Bailey, David Roy Shackleton (1917–2005), classical scholar, was born on 10 December 1917 at School House, Lancaster, the youngest of the four children (three sons and one daughter) of the Revd John Henry Shackleton Bailey (1875–1956), mathematician and headmaster, and his wife, Rosamond Maud, ...


C. W. Sutton

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Booth, George (1791–1859), Latin scholar, was born on 12 November 1791 at Masborough House, Rotherham, the youngest son of William Booth of Ecclesfield. After attending Eton he went to Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1809, but left because of poor health. He moved to ...


Key, Thomas Hewitt (1799–1875), Latin scholar, was born in Southwark on 20 March 1799. He was the youngest son of the physician Thomas Key, a member of an old Staffordshire family, and his second wife, Mary Lux Barry; the surgeon Charles Aston Key (1793–1849)...


Edmund Venables

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Leng, John (1665–1727), Latin scholar and bishop of Norwich, was born at Thornton-le-Dale, near Pickering, Yorkshire. He received his early education at St Paul's School, London, and obtained an exhibition at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, where he was admitted a sizar on 26 March 1683, graduating BA (1686), MA (1690), BD (1698), and DD (1716). He was elected a fellow of the college on 13 September 1688, and subsequently became a very efficient tutor. He obtained great distinction as a Latin scholar. In 1695 he published an edition of ...


Thomas Seccombe

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Melvin, James (1795–1853), Latin scholar, was born in Aberdeen, of poor parents, on 21 April 1795. He passed through the grammar school a few years after Byron had left it, during Mr Cromar's rectorship, and was the first bursar of his year at ...


Henry Nettleship (1839–1893) by unknown engraver, pubd c. 1893 (after Elliott & Fry) © National Portrait Gallery, London


Ingram Bywater

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Nettleship, Henry (1839–1893), Latin scholar, was born on 5 May 1839 at Kettering, Northamptonshire, the eldest of the six sons of Henry John Nettleship (1807–1870), solicitor, of Kettering, and his wife, Isabella Ann (1818–1898), daughter of the Revd James Hogg. Nettleship attended Mr Darnell's Preparatory School, Market Harborough...


Nisbet, Robert George Murdoch [Robin] (1925–2013), Latin scholar, was born on 21 May 1925 at 20 Ann Street, Glasgow, the only son of Robert George Nisbet (1872–1955), Latin scholar and lecturer at Glasgow University, and his second wife, Agnes Thomson, née Husband (1896–1973)...


Nuttall, Peter Austin (1792/3–1869), author and translator, was born in Ormskirk, Lancashire; nothing is known of his immediate family, although the name is locally common in south Lancashire. He attended Ormskirk grammar school, where he took part in an armed mutiny against the headmaster, but also received a good classical education. He then made his way to ...