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ROBERTS , WILLIAM RHYS ( 1858 - 1929 ), professor of Greek ;

b. [ 11 July 1858 ] at Wimbledon , son of the Rev. J. Gwilym Roberts . He was educated at the City of London School and King's College , Cambridge , where he won some of the principal university prizes in classics, and where he was a Fellow , 1882-8 . He was professor of Greek at University College , Bangor , 1884-1904 , and professor of classics in the University of Leeds , 1904-22 . He was considered an authority on the history of Greek literary criticism and published annotated editions of some of the works of the critics ( Longinos , Dionysios of Halicarnassos , Demetrios ). He was a Litt.D. of Cambridge , and also received the degrees of LL.D. ( S. Andrews ) and D.Litt. (Wales, 1921) honoris causa . He d. at Peacehaven , 30 Oct. 1929 . He was a prolific author ; apart from the works mentioned on the Greek literary critics, he published a translation of Aristotle 's Rhetoric and a study of the ancient Boeotians ; he also published many pamphlets on problems connected with the teaching of classics in the universities and on education in general.


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Emeritus Professor Thomas Hudson-Williams, D.Litt., (1873-1961), Bangor / Oxford

Published date: 1959