Talk:Benjamin Jowett

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This article is heavily biased against Orthodox (Evangelical) criticism of Jowett. I will do what I can to fix it, be it by substituting weasel words or by including critics quotations.

-- Leandro GFC Dutra 17:41, 8 February 2007 (UTC)


Article says he was given a Fellowship in 1838 and graduated in 1839. Is this correct -- it would be very unusual to get a Fellowship before graduation. --ukexpat 17:31, 10 August 2007 (UTC)

This is correct according to the Dictionary of National Biography, which states: "Reforms instituted at the beginning of the century, in which John Parsons, the master of Balliol, had been a protagonist, shaped the Oxford of Jowett's undergraduate years. The honour school of literae humaniores (Greats) had been set up, together with a network of prizes and scholarships, to raise the university's standards. Jowett won the Hertford scholarship for Latin after six months at Balliol, was elected a fellow of the college in November 1838 before he had even taken his degree, and gained a first class in Greats in the summer of the following year." While unusual, this is not out of character for Jowett, who was regarded as an exceptional scholar of classical language even before matriculating at Oxford. Again the Dictionary of National Biography states: "Jowett was admitted to St Paul's School, London, in June 1829. He was later to attribute his own ability in the Greek and Latin languages to two disciplines he acquired at the school: he learned by heart large quantities of poetry in those languages; and when he had translated a passage into English he regularly practised translating it back into the original. By the time he gained a scholarship to Balliol College in November 1835 he had come to be regarded by Dr John Sleath as the best Latin scholar the school had produced in his time as high-master. Jowett went up to Balliol in October 1836." Note that these quotations are only for the purpose of answering the question above. The excerpts may not be used in the main Wikipedia article as they are copyrighted material. Please abide by relevant copyright laws. (talk) 16:06, 26 October 2011 (UTC)

The poem![edit]

This is probably the only occasion on which the general reader these days will encounter Jowett. For a reference - Jan Morris, Oxford (1968), page 184. However, it isn't obvious where in the current article it should be included... Tevildo (talk) 21:42, 11 September 2009 (UTC)


The whole article reads like one long obituary ... I'd at least like to see the reference to that. Language seems very POV and old-fashioned. Don't know enough about the subject to do any major editing but maybe somebody can at least tone it down a bit. --Aquinate (talk) 11:32, 10 October 2011 (UTC)

Agreed! It needs a massive rewrite for a 21st century readership, concentrating on Jowett rather than Florence Nightingale, who has her own article, and separating out the different strands of his life and work. Clifford Mill (talk) 16:42, 18 November 2016 (UTC)