Roger AB Mynors

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Sir Roger AB Mynors FBA , complete: Roger Aubrey Baskerville Mynors (born July 28, 1903 in Wiltshire , † October 17, 1989 in Herefordshire ) was a British classical , Middle and Neo-Latin philologist .


Mynors attended Eton College and Balliol College , Oxford, where he was hired as a Fellow in 1926 . 1944 he became Kennedy Professor of Latin at the University of Cambridge in 1953 as a professor of Latin at the University of Oxford . There he communicated with Rudolf Pfeiffer , Otto Skutsch and Eduard Fraenkel (his predecessor on the chair).

As a classical philologist, Mynors dealt with Latin literature from ancient times to modern times. He edited the Oxford editions of the authors Cassiodor (1937), Catullus (1958), Pliny (1963) and Virgil (1969), as well as the Duodecim Panegyrici Latini (1964). He promoted the Latin literature of the Middle Ages and the early modern period through catalogs and text editions. Together with Douglas FS Thomson he published a nine-volume translation of the letters of Erasmus from Rotterdam (Toronto 1974-1989).

Mynors received numerous honors for his services. In 1950 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences . He was a member of the British Academy since 1958. In 1963 he was knighted. The Medieval Academy of America and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences elected him in 1971 and 1977 respectively as a corresponding member. Since 1985 he was a member of the American Philosophical Society . The Universities of Reading (1964) and Leiden (1972) awarded him an honorary doctorate.


  • Michael Winterbottom : RAB Mynors (1903-1989) . In: Proceedings of the British Academy , Volume 80 (1990), pp. 371-401
  • Gnomon 62 (1990).
  • Harold C. Gotoff: Sir Roger Aubrey Baskerville Mynors (July 28, 1903 – October 17, 1989) . In: Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society , Volume 135 (1991), pp. 307-311 (with picture)

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  1. ^ Member History: Sir Roger AB Mynors. American Philosophical Society, accessed January 9, 2019 .