Cornford, Francis Macdonald
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British classical philologist and historian of philosophy. Born Eastbourne 27. 2. 1874, died 3. 1. 1943 in Cambridge. 1894–1897 studied classical philology and ancient philosophy at Trinity College, Cambridge; 1899 doctorate and Fellow of Trinity; from 1902 assistant lecturer; lecturer from 1904; Laurence Prof. of Ancient Philosophy there from 1931.

Work and influence

In his first major book [1], C. showed Thucydides’ dependence on a traditional historical idea, especially that of tragic fate. The …

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Fornaro, Sotera, “Cornford, Francis Macdonald”, 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 17 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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