Tanneguy Le Fèvre
Life and work
Le Fèvre was born at Caen. After completing his studies in Paris, he was appointed by Cardinal Richelieu inspector of the printing-press at the Louvre. After Richelieu's death he left Paris, joined the Reformed Church, and in 1651 obtained a professorship at the Academy of Saumur, which he filled with great success for nearly twenty years. His increasing ill-health and a certain moral laxity (as shown in his judgment on Sappho) led to a quarrel with the consistory, as a result of which he resigned his professorship. Several universities were eager to obtain his services, and he had accepted a post offered him by the elector palatine at Heidelberg, when he died suddenly. One of his children, Anne, became famous as Madame Dacier.
Le Fèvre was a highly cultivated man and a thorough classical scholar. He brought out editions of various Greek and Latin authors: Longinus, Anacreon and Sappho, Virgil, Horace, Lucretius and many others. His most important original works are: Les Vies des poètes Grecs (1665); Méthode pour commencer les humanités Grecques et latines (2nd ed., 1731), of which several English adaptations have appeared, such as Jenkin Thomas Philipps's A Compendious Way of Teaching Ancient and Modern Languages (1750); and Epistolae Criticae (1659).
- Chisholm, 1911
- Jenkin Thomas Philipps (1750). A Compendious Way of Teaching Ancient and Modern Languages: Formerly Practised by the Learned Tanaquil Faber, and Now with Little Alteration, Successfully Executed in London. Meadows.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.