Thomas Gale

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Thomas Gale

Thomas Gale (* 1635? In Scruton , Yorkshire ; † April 7 or 8, 1702 in York ) was an English classical philologist and cleric .


Gale was the son of Christopher Gale and his wife Frances (nee Conyers). He attended Westminster School and then from May 23, 1655 Trinity College , Cambridge . There he first became a Fellow , and finally in 1666 Regius Professor of Greek . In 1672 he was made high master of Saint Paul's School , in 1676 a canon of St Paul's Cathedral , in 1677 a member of the Royal Society and in 1697 Dean of York. As a philologist, Gale has edited and commented on various mythographic writings and Greek and Latin authors. In a history of philosophy (1670) he introduced the term Neo-Platonism for late antique Platonism . However, his main merit is the collection and edition of ancient sources on early English history . Gale to the author of the inscription on the London monument to be where the Catholics are accused of the Great Fire of having caused.

Gale was married to Barbara (daughter of Roger Pepys from Impington, Cambridgeshire). They had several sons Roger Gale († 25 June 1744) and Charles Gale (1677-1738), Samuel Gale (1682-1754) and Thomas Gale and a daughter Elizabeth (* 1687), which later became the second wife of William Stukeley was . He was buried in York Minster.


As editor

  • Opuscula mythologica physica et ethica. Graece et latine. Seriem eorum sistit pagina praefationem proxime sequens. Wetstein, Amsterdam 1675, also 1688.
  • Historiae poeticae Scriptores antiqui. Muguet-Scott, Paris 1675.
  • Iamblichi : Liber de mysteriis Aegyptiorum. 1678.
  • Ψαλτήριον. Psaltery. Juxta exemplar Alexandrinum editio nova, Græce & Latine. Sheldon, Oxford 1678.
  • Rerum Anglicarum Scriptorum Veterum. Sheldon, Oxford 1684.
  • Historiae Anglicanae Scriptores Quinque. Sheldon, Oxford 1687 ( Rerum Anglicarum scriptores veteres, 2).
  • Historiae Britannicae, Saxonicae, Anglo-Danicae Scriptores XV. Sheldon, Oxford 1691 ( Rerum Anglicarum scriptores veteres. 3).


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predecessor Office successor
James Valentine Regius Professor of Greek at Cambridge University
John North