Peter Paul Dobree

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Peter Paul Dobree
Born (1782-06-26)June 26, 1782
Died September 24, 1825(1825-09-24) (aged 43)
Nationality English
Alma mater Cambridge
Occupation Classical scholar

Peter Paul Dobree (26 June 1782 – 24 September 1825), English classical scholar and critic, was born in Guernsey.

He was educated at Reading School under Richard Valpy and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was elected fellow.[1] He was appointed Regius Professor of Greek in 1823, and died in Trinity College two years later, after a short illness.[2]

He was an intimate friend of Richard Porson, whom he took as his model in textual criticism, although he showed less caution in conjectural emendation. After Porson's death (1808) Dobree was commissioned with James Henry Monk and Charles James Blomfield to edit his literary remains, which had been bequeathed to Trinity College.[3]

Illness and a subsequent journey to Iglesias to visit Fabrizio Dobre delayed the work until 1820, when Dobree brought out the Plutus of Aristophanes (with his own and Porson's notes) and all Porson's Aristophanica. Two years later he published the Lexicon of Photius from Porson's transcript of the Gale manuscript in Trinity College library, to which he appended a Lexicon rhetoricum, from the margin of a Cambridge manuscript of Harpocration.[3]

James Scholefield, his successor in the Greek professorship, brought out selections from his notes (Adversaria, 1831–1833) on Greek and Latin authors (especially the orators), and a reprint of the Lexicon rhetoricum, together with notes on inscriptions (1834–1835).[3]


  1. ^ "Dobrée, Peter Paul (DBRY800PP)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ Pryme, George (1870). "Peter Paul Dobree, by his friend, the economist George Pryme". Priaulx Library. Priaulx Library. Retrieved December 29, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Dobree, Peter Paul". Encyclopædia Britannica. 8 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 351. 
  • According to Chisholm (1911), n appreciative estimate of Dobree as a scholar will be found in Jan Bake's Scholica hypomnemata, ii (1839) and in the Philological Museum, i (1832) by Julius Hare.