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Adcock, Sir Frank Ezra (1886–1968), historian of Greece and Rome, was born on 15 April 1886 at Desford, Leicestershire, the fourth of the five children of Thomas Draper Adcock, schoolmaster, head of the Desford Industrial School, and his wife, Mary Esther Coltman. He was educated at the ...

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Gilbert Murray and Clement C. J. Webb

revised by Michael H. Crawford

Bevan, Edwyn Robert (1870–1943), ancient historian and philosopher, was born in London on 15 February 1870, the seventh son of Robert Cooper Lee Bevan (1809–1890), banker, of Fosbury House, Wiltshire, and Trent Park, and the third with his second wife, the translator and poet ...

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Brooks, Ernest Walter (1863–1955), ancient historian and Syriac scholar, was born in Hambledon, Horndean, Hampshire, on 30 August 1863, the only child of the Revd Walter Brooks, curate of Hambledon, who died when Ernest was a child, and his wife, Emily Grace, née...

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Costard, George (bap. 1710, d. 1782), writer on ancient astronomy, was baptized on 20 January 1710 at St Mary's Church, Shrewsbury, the son of the Revd Edward Coster, vicar of St Mary's, and his wife, Anne. Educated at Shrewsbury grammar school, in 1726 he matriculated at ...

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Gillies, John (1747–1836), ancient historian and classical scholar, was born in Brechin, Forfarshire, on 18 January 1747, the eldest son in the large family of Robert Gillies, a merchant in Brechin and proprietor of Little Keithock, and his wife, Margaret Smith, the daughter of a ...

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Kenrick, John (1788–1877), classical historian and tutor, was born on 4 February 1788 at Exeter, the eldest son and second of five children of Timothy Kenrick (1759–1804), Unitarian minister, and his first wife, Mary (d. 1793), the daughter of John Waymouth of ...

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Mattingly, Harold (1884–1964), numismatist and ancient historian, was born at Market Hill, Sudbury, Suffolk, on 24 December 1884, the son of Robert Mattingly, a clothier who became a JP and mayor of Sudbury, and his wife, Gertrude Emma Boggis. In January 1896 he went to the ...

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Russell Meiggs (1902–1989) by Michael Noakes, 1972 Balliol College, Oxford / Michael Noakes

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Meiggs, Russell (1902–1989), historian, was born on 20 October 1902 in Balham, London, the only son and younger child of William Herrick Meiggs, of no fixed occupation but who described himself on his son's birth certificate as 'general merchant', and his wife, Mary Gertrude May...

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W. W. Wroth

revised by J. S. Taylor

Mitford, William (1744–1827), historian of ancient Greece, born in London on 10 February 1744, was the elder son of John Mitford (d. 1761), barrister, of Exbury House, Hampshire, and his wife, Philadelphia, daughter of Willey Reveley of Newton Underwood and Throphill, Northumberland...

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A. W. Pickard-Cambridge

revised by M. C. Curthoys

Newman, William Lambert (1834–1923), ancient historian and philosopher, the second son of Edmund Lambert Newman, solicitor, of Cheltenham, was born at Cheltenham on 21 August 1834. He was educated at Cheltenham College (1846–51) and at Balliol College, Oxford, which he entered as a scholar in 1851 and where his tutors were ...

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Tod, Marcus Niebuhr (1878–1974), ancient historian and epigraphist, was born at The Park, Highgate, Middlesex, on 24 November 1878, the second son of John Tod, a tea merchant originally from Leith in Scotland, and his wife, Gertrude von Niebuhr. His maternal grandfather was ...

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Vermes, Geza (1924–2013), historian of ancient Judaism, was born on 22 June 1924 in Makó, in south-eastern Hungary, the only child of Ernõ Vermes (1877–1944), journalist, editor, and poet, and his second wife, Terézia, née Riesz (1895–1944), schoolteacher. Both his parents died in ...