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William Bedell Stanford (1910 - 1984):
Classical scholar


William Stanford was born in Belfast and educated at the Bishop Foy School, Waterford, and Trinity College, Dublin where he studied classics. In 1934 he was elected a fellow and was appointed Regius Professor of Greek in 1940. From 1948 to 1969 he was a Senator representing Dublin University in Seanad Eireann. He undertook an extensive lecture tour of America and was visiting Professor at Berkeley, at Wayne Park University, and at McGill University, Toronto. From 1972 to 1980 he was the Chairman of the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies, and he was Pro-Chancellor of Dublin University from 1974 to 1982 and Chancellor from 1982 to 1984. He was a member of the Royal Irish Academy and of the General Synod of the Church of Ireland. He is recognised for his edition of Homer's Odyssey and his many papers on Greek literature. Among his other works are Greek Metaphor; Aeschylus in his Style; The Sound of Greek; Ireland and the Classical Tradition; Enemies of Poetry; Greek Tragedy and Emotions and an edition of Sophocles' Ajax. He was co-author of a biography of Provost Mahaffy of Trinity College.

Born: 1910
Died: 1984
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