Alfred John Church

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Alfred John Church (29 January 1829 – 27 April 1912) was an English classical scholar.

Church was born in London and was educated at King's College London, and Lincoln College, Oxford. He took holy orders and was an assistant-master at Merchant Taylors' School from 1857-70. He subsequently served as headmaster of Henley-on-Thames Royal Grammar School,1870–73, and then of King Edward VI School, Retford,1873-80.[1] From 1880 until 1888 he was professor of Latin at University College, London.

While at University College in partnership with William Jackson Brodribb,[2] he translated Tacitus and edited Pliny's Letters (Epistulae). Church also wrote a number of stories in English re-telling of classical tales and legends for young people (Stories from Virgil, Stories from Homer, etc.). He also wrote much Latin and English verse, and in 1908 published his Memories of Men and Books. Church died in Richmond, Surrey.


  • Callias.
  • Lords of the World.
  • Roman life in the days of Cicero.
  • Stories from Livy.
  • Stories from the Greek Tragedians.
  • The Count of the Saxon Shore.
  • The Hammer.
  • The life of Cnaeus Julius Agricola by Tacitus, Translated by Alfred John Church and William Jackson Brodribb
  • The Story of the Odyssey.
  • The Story of the Persian War. (1882)
  • The Laureate's Country (1891) - with illustrations from drawings by Edward Hull[3]



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