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Gilbert Murray ReassessedHellenism, Theatre, and International Politics$
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Christopher Stray

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199208791

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208791.001.0001

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Gilbert Murray and A. E. Housman

Gilbert Murray and A. E. Housman

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Gilbert Murray Reassessed

Malcolm Davies

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores Murray's relationship with men who were in many ways very different from him, but who, like him combined academic distinction with a wider public reputation. Housman can be compared to Murray, who like him was a professional classical scholar who engaged with a wider public through poetry; but was unlike him both in his austere textual criticism and in his often savage reviewing of other scholars. Similarly Russell, who moved in social and intellectual circles which overlapped Murray's, and like Murray he was a liberal in politics, but had a very different mindset. In both cases, the maintenance of the relationship involved a continuing tension between distinct emotional patterns and world-views.

Keywords:   Murray, A. E. Housman, Herbert Richards, Russell, textual criticism

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