Porson, Richard
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British classical philologist. Born East Ruston (Norfolk) 25. 12. 1759, died London 25. 9. 1808. Schooled at Eton and elsewhere; 1778–1782 studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, 1785 MA, 1782–1792 fellow there. From 1792, Regius Prof. of History at Cambridge. Lost fellowship (for refusing to take holy orders) 1792 and moved to London. Worked as private scholar there. From 1806, librarian of the so-called London Institution (antecedent of the Univ. of London).

Work and influence

Alongside his work on late-antique and By…

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Schelske, Oliver, “Porson, Richard”, 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 21 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps6_COM_00573>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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