Reginald Hackforth, FBA, (17 August 1887 in London – 6 May 1957 in Cambridge) was an English classical scholar, known mainly for his work on Plato, and from 1939 to 1952 was the second Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy at Cambridge University.
After education at Westminster, Hackforth went up to Trinity College, Cambridge in 1907, graduating in 1909 with first class honours in both parts of the classical tripos. After a brief period lecturing at the University of Manchester (1910–12), he returned to Cambridge as a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College in 1912, a position he held for the remainder of his life. For many years he served as editor of the Classical Quarterly, winning the respect and friendship of J. D. Denniston and A. E. Housman.
Hackforth produced two chapters for the Cambridge Ancient History on the history of Sicily in part of the fifth and fourth centuries BC, which utilised his interpretation of the literary evidence of Pindar, Bacchylides and the Epistles of Plato.
He is buried in the Parish of the Ascension Burial Ground in Cambridge, with his wife Lily, died 29 March 1975.
- The Authorship of the Platonic Epistles, Manchester 1913
- The composition of Plato's Apology, Cambridge 1933
- Plato's examination of pleasure: a translation of the Philebus with an introduction and commentary, Cambridge 1945
- Plato's Phaedrus: translated with an introduction and commentary, Cambridge 1952
- Plato's Phaedo: translated with an introduction and commentary, Cambridge 1955
- Catologus Philogorum Classicorum 1880-1980
- Obituary in The Times 7 May 1957
- Donald Struan Robertson in The Times 13 May 1957
- Frank Adcock in The Times 9 May 1957
- British Academy Fellowship entry
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