A New Renaissance? Classics at Corpus Christi in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

  • Christopher Stray Swansea University, UK
Keywords: Corpus Christi College, Oxford, renaissance, Thomas Cokayne, Basil Kennett, Thomas Burgess, Mathematical Tripos, John Conington, Frederick Paley, Royal Commission, Tutors, Thomas Case, Arthur Sidgwick, Bertrand Russell, Liddell and Scott, Corpus Chair of Latin, Robinson Ellis, Henry Nettleship, Edward Hicks, Arthur Haigh, Classical Archaeology, Percy Gardner, Edward Perry Warren, Eduard Fraenkel, A.E. Housman, Kenneth Dover, Iris Murdoch, Ewen Bowie


The history of Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, is followed from its renaissance foundation (1517) to a new scholarly renaissance in the 19th and 20th centuries. Three Fellows are identified whose work embodied a change from the use of Latin to the introduction of English: Thomas Cokayne, Basil Kennett, and Thomas Burgess. The 1850 Royal Commission led to significant changes in the status and organisation of Oxford colleges; these are related to changes in secondary schooling. The career of Arthur Sidgwick is taken as an illuminating case. The history of classical Chairs is considered, in particular the Corpus Chair of Latin first occupied by John Conington and later by Robinson Ellis, Henry Nettleship, and Eduard Fraenkel. The varieties of scholarship in the late 19th and 20th centuries are compared.

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Christopher Stray, Swansea University, UK


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