Denys Lionel Page

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Sir Denys Lionel Page FBA (born May 11, 1908 in Reading , † July 6, 1978 in Tarset in Northumberland ) was a British Greek poet and papyrologist .


Denys L. Page, the son of a railroad engineer, attended Newbury Grammar School and then studied Classical Philology at Christ Church in Oxford (with Gilbert Murray and John Dewar Denniston ). During his studies, he won numerous awards and grants, including the Gaisford Prize for Greek poetry. In 1930 he received the First in Litterae Humaniores . After a year as a Derby Scholar at the University of Vienna , where he deepened his studies with Ludwig Radermacher , he was employed as a lecturer at Christ Church, the following year as a student and tutor, and in 1937 as a junior censor.

In 1950, Page was appointed Regius Professor of Greek at Cambridge University and employed by Trinity College . From 1959 to 1973 he was also a Masters at Jesus College . In 1974 Page retired. The British Academy belonged to Page since 1,952th In 1969 he received the Kenyon Medal for Classical Studies , and from 1971 to 1974 he served as President of the Academy. In recognition of his services, he was knighted in 1971. In 1972 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences .

In his research, Page dealt with wide areas of Greek literature. His focus was on archaic and classical Greek poetry, especially poetry , tragedy , epic poems , epigrams and iambs. He published critical editions of various poets. The Poetarum Lesbiorum Fragmenta are cited by his name and that of his colleague Edgar Lobel .


  • Medea / Euripides. The text ed. With introduction and commentary . Oxford 1938. Second, improved edition Oxford 1955. Reprinted in 1985
  • Literary papyri. Poetry: texts, transl. and notes by DL Page . In: Select papyri in three volumes . Volume 3, Cambridge (Mass.) 1941. Reprinted 1950, 1970
  • Alcman: the Partheneion . Oxford 1951
  • A new chapter in the history of Greek tragedy . London u. a. 1951
  • Corinna . London 1953
  • Sappho and Alcaeus, an introduction to the study of ancient Lesbian poetry . Oxford 1955
  • Poetarum Lesbiorum fragmenta . Oxford 1955
  • Agamemnon / ed. By the late John Dewar Denniston and Denys Page . Oxford 1957
  • History and the Homeric Iliad . Berkeley 1959. Paperback, Berkeley 1963
  • Poetae melici Graeci: Alcmanis, Stesichori, Ibyci, Anacreontis, Simonidis, Corinnae, poetarum minorum reliquias, carmina popularia et convivialia quaeque adespota feruntur . Oxford 1962
  • with ASF Gow : The Greek anthology: Hellenistic epigrams . Two volumes, London 1965. Reprinted in 1968
  • Lyrica Graeca selecta . Oxford 1968. Reprinted in 2004
  • with ASF Gow: The Greek anthology: the Garland of Philip, and some contemporary epigrams . London 1968
  • The Santorini volcano and the desolation of Minoan Crete . London 1970
  • Aeschyli septem quae supersunt tragoedias . Oxford 1972. Reprinted 2009, ISBN 978-0-19-814570-7
  • Folktales in Homer's Odyssey . Cambridge (Mass.) 1973
  • Supplementum Lyricis Graecis: poetarum Lyricorum Graecorum fragmenta quae recens innotuerunt . Oxford 1974
  • Epigrammata Graeca . Oxford 1975. Reprinted in 2000
  • The epigrams of Rufinus . 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' . Cambridge 1981 (edited posthumously by Roger D. Dawe and James Diggle )
  • Malcolm Davies : Poetarum melicorum Graecorum fragmenta post DL Page . Oxford 1991. ISBN 0-19-814581-0


  • Roger D. Dawe: Dionysiaca: nine studies in Greek poetry by former pupils, presented to Sir Denys Page on the 70th birthday . Cambridge 1978. ISBN 0-9506064-0-5
  • Hugh Lloyd-Jones : Denys Lionel Page, 1908-78 (Memorial of Fellows of the British Academy) . London 1981. ISBN 9780856722240