Saturday, August 21, 2004


The Man with the Palindromic Name

If you omit his middle name or use his middle initial rather than his middle name, classical scholar Revilo Pendleton Oliver (1910-1994) has a palindromic name (Revilo Oliver, Revilo P. Oliver), one that reads the same backwards as forwards.

Oliver, who taught for many years at the University of Illinois, did some solid work in classics, e.g.Unfortunately, his enduring legacy is not likely to be his classical scholarship, but the racist, anti-Semitic essays that he penned in his later years. I won't dignify them by linking to them.

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