Friday, March 12, 2010


K.J. Dover

Greek scholar K.J. Dover died on March 7. Obituaries appeared in The Times, The Guardian (by Stephen Halliwell), The Telegraph, and The Scotsman (by Chris Mair).

I own the following books by Dover:He wrote many more books, and everything he wrote on the subject of the ancient Greeks is of course illuminating. I confess that his controversial autobiography, Marginal Comment (London: Duckworth, 1994), left me cold—too much about academic politics, too little about the study of Greek. On the day when he died, by coincidence, I borrowed his school edition of Thucydides, Book VII (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1965), from the library. Here are a couple of quotations from the Preface, a bit out of context, but still characteristic:

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