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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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‘Macte nova virtute, puer!’: Gilbert Murray as Mentor and Friend to J. A. K. Thomson

‘Macte nova virtute, puer!’: Gilbert Murray as Mentor and Friend to J. A. K. Thomson

(p.181) 9Macte nova virtute, puer!’: Gilbert Murray as Mentor and Friend to J. A. K. Thomson
Gilbert Murray Reassessed

Barbara F. McManus

Oxford University Press

Gilbert Murray devoted a considerable amount of time and energy to mentoring younger scholars and so any modern reassessment of the man should include information about this aspect of his contribution to the field of Classics. Murray's mentoring relationship with J. A. K. Thomson is significant not only for its extent and duration, but also for the fact that over time Murray formed a close personal friendship with another classicist. This chapter draws upon the long and remarkably unguarded correspondence between the two men to examine such questions as what led Murray to become a lifetime patron and promoter of Thomson and his work, why he ultimately drew Thomson into the sanctum of his personal life, and what this relationship reveals about Murray's ideals, personal judgments, and sense of fun.

Keywords:   Gilbert Murray, J. A. K. Thomson, mentor, classical scholars, patron

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