Denys Page

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Sir Denys Lionel Page, FBA (11 May 1908, Reading, Berkshire – 6 July 1978, Tarset)[1] was a British classical scholar at Oxford and Cambridge universities. He was President of the British Academy from 1971 to 1974 and President of Cambridge University Cricket Club between 1971 and 1973.[2]

Early life[edit]

On 11 May 1908, Page was born in Reading, Berkshire, England.[3] Page's father was Frederick Harold Dunn Page, a chartered civil engineer of the Great Western Railway, and his mother was Elsie Daniels. Page was educated at St. Bartholomew's School, and (as a scholar) at Christ Church, Oxford, where he was taught by Gilbert Murray, and J. D. Denniston. In 1928, he won the Craven and De Paravicini scholarships, the Chancellor's Prize for Latin verse and the Gaisford Prize for Greek verse and a first class in classical honours moderations.

In 1930 he was awarded a First in Literae Humaniores. He was a fast bowler in the Christ Church cricket team.[4]


Page went for a year to the University of Vienna as Derby scholar, where he worked under Ludwig Radermacher, then returned to Christ Church as a lecturer, the next year becoming Student and Tutor. In 1937 he became Junior Censor.

In 1939 Page was posted to GC&CS, Bletchley Park. In 1942 he became head of section ISOS and a member of the XX Committee.[5] In 1944 he was an Assistant Director, GC&CS.[6]

Page was elected the 34th Regius Professor of Greek at Cambridge University in 1950, a position he held until 1974, and held a professorial fellowship at Trinity College.[3] He was Master of Jesus College, Cambridge from 1959 to 1973.[7] He was knighted in 1971.[3]

Elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1952,[3][7] he received its Kenyon Medal in 1969, and served as the Academy's president from 1971 to 1974.[3][7]

Personal life[edit]

In 1939, Page married Katharine Elizabeth Dohan in Rome.[8] She was the daughter of Joseph Michael Dohan and Edith Hall Dohan (1877–1943) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[9] They had four daughters.[4]


  • Tragic iambics: a translation of Masefield's Pompey the Great, Act 2, Scene I (awarded Gaisford Prize for Greek Verse) (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1928)
  • Actors' interpolations in Greek tragedy, studied with special reference to Euripides' Iphigeneia in Aulis, Oxford 1934
  • A new chapter in the history of Greek tragedy, Cambridge 1951
  • Alcman, The Partheneion, Oxford 1951
  • Corinna, Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, London 1953
  • Poetarum Lesbiorum fragmenta (edited with Edgar Lobel), Oxford 1955
  • Sappho and Alcaeus; introduction to the study of ancient Lesbian poetry, Oxford 1955
  • The Homeric Odyssey, Oxford 1955
  • Aeschylus, Agamemnon (edited with John Dewar Denniston) Oxford 1957
  • History and the Homeric Iliad, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1959
  • Poetae Melici Graeci; Alcmanis, Stesichori, Ibyci, Anacreontis, Simonidis, Corinnae, poetarum minorum reliquias, carmina popularia et convivialia quaeque adespota feruntur, Oxford 1962—listed in scholarly sources as PMG with numbers denoting fragments of lyric verse
  • Lyrica Graeca selecta (edited), 1968
  • The Santorini volcano and the destruction of Minoan Crete, Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, London 1970
  • Aeschyli septem quae supersunt tragoediae (edited) Oxford 1972
  • Supplementum lyricis Graecis : poetarum lyricorum Graecorum fragmenta quae recens innotuerunt (edited), Oxford 1974
  • The epigrams of Rufinus (edited) Cambridge 1978
  • Further Greek epigrams : epigrams before AD 50 from the Greek anthology and other sources, not included in Hellenistic epigrams or The garland of Philip (edited), Cambridge 1981


  1. ^ "Catologus Philologorum Classicorum 1880-1980". Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  2. ^ "CUCC Presidents".
  3. ^ a b c d e Lloyd-Jones, Hugh (2004). "Page, Sir Denys Lionel (1908–1978), classical scholar". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 24 May 2008.
  4. ^ a b Hugh Lloyd-Jones, 'Page, Sir Denys Lionel (1908–1978)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 online version (subscription required). Retrieved 23 August 2008.
  5. ^ Smith, Michael (1998), Station X Pan.
  6. ^ "Bletchley Park | Find a Veteran". Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  7. ^ a b c "British Academy Fellows Archive". British Academy. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2008.
  8. ^ "Page, Denys Lionel, 1908-1978 (Abstract)". Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Dohan, Edith Hall (1877-1943)". Retrieved 12 December 2018.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Donald Struan Robertson
Regius Professor of Greek Cambridge University
1950 - 1974
Succeeded by
G. S. Kirk
Preceded by
E. M. W. Tillyard
Master of Jesus College, Cambridge
1959 - 1973
Succeeded by
Sir Alan Cottrell