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Kenyon, Sir Frederic George (1863–1952), Greek and biblical scholar and museum director, was born on 15 January 1863, the seventh son and the eleventh of the fifteen children (eleven boys, four girls) of John Robert Kenyon (1807–1880) of Pradoe, Shropshire, grandson of the ...

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Sir Frederic George Kenyon (1863–1952) by Walter Stoneman, 1919 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Maittaire, Michael (1668–1747), classical scholar and typographer, was born in Rouen on 29 November 1668, the son of French protestant parents of whom nothing further is known. He took refuge in England a few years before the revocation of the edict of Nantes in October 1685, and was educated at ...

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Rice, David Talbot (1903–1972), Byzantine scholar and farmer, was born in Rugby on 11 July 1903, the third son of Henry Charles Talbot Rice (1862–1931), landowner, of Oddington House, near Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire, and Cecil Mary Lloyd (d. 1940), daughter of ...

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Robertson, (Charles) Martin (1911–2004), archaeologist and poet, was born on 11 September 1911 at Jesmond Hill, Pangbourne, Berkshire, the elder son of Donald Struan Robertson (1885–1961), later regius professor of Greek at Cambridge University, and his wife, Petica Coursolles, née Jones (1883–1941), who hosted a literary salon. At the time of his birth his parents lived at ...

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Ventris, Michael George Francis (1922–1956), classical scholar and architect, was born at Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, on 12 July 1922, the only child of Edward Francis Vereker Ventris (1884/5–1938), an officer in the Indian army, and his wife, (Anna) Dorothea Janasz (1889/90–1940), who was half-English, half-Polish. She was largely responsible for ...

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Michael George Francis Ventris (1922–1956) by unknown photographer, 1954 Express / Hulton Archive / Getty Images