Robert Maxwell Ogilvie

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Robert Maxwell Ogilvie (5 June 1932 – 7 November 1981 at St. Andrews, Scotland) was a prominent scholar of Latin literature and classical philology.

His parents were Sir Frederick Wolff Ogilvie (1893 – 1949), Director-General of the BBC from 1938 to 1942, and Lady (Mary) Ogilvie (née Macaulay) (1900 – 1990), Principal of St Anne's College, Oxford from 1953 to 1966.

Ogilvie became a fellow of Balliol College in 1957.

He was headmaster of Tonbridge School from 1970 to 1975.

Ogilvie was professor of Humanity (Latin) at the University of St. Andrews. He is well known for his commentary on the first five books of Livy's Ab urbe condita and his commentary on the Agricola of Tacitus.

Selected works[edit]

  1. A commentary on Livy, books 1-5 (1965).
  2. De vita Agricolae (1967).
  3. The Romans and their gods in the age of Augustus (1970).
  4. The library of Lactantius (1978).
  5. Roman literature and society (1980).


  • A. Long in Classical Quarterly 32.1 (1982) 1.
  • "† Robert Maxwell Ogilvie, 1932–1981" by Russell Meiggs (Biographical memoir; published in Proceedings of the British Academy 68, 627-636).