Addison, Joseph
(415 words)

English writer, journalist and numismatist. Born 1. 5. 1672 in Milston (Wiltshire), died 17. 6. 1719 in London. 1687–1689 studied at Queen’s College, Oxford; 1689 Scholarship (Demyship), from 1696 Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford; 1691 BA 1699–1703 tour of Europe, thereafter a political career (1708–1719 Member of Parliament, 1717–1718 Secretary of State).

Background, work and influence

A.’s father was the Anglican minister Lancelot A., known as an author of geographical works about Moroc…

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Berns, Christof, “Addison, Joseph”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 6 : History of classical Scholarship - A Biographical Dictionary, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2014). Original German-language edition: Geschichte der Altertumswissenschaften: Biographisches Lexikon. Herausgegeven von Peter Kuhlmann und Helmuth Schneider. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 6. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2012). Consulted online on 18 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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