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Benjamin Jowett

(1817-1893), Master of Balliol College, Oxford

Sitter in 12 portraits
Jowett's name became synonymous with Balliol College, Oxford, which he turned into the leading college in one of Britain's top universities at the height of its world power. Jowett was educated at Balliol where, unusually, he was elected a fellow while still an undergraduate. In 1855 he was appointed to the Regius Professorship of Greek. During his vacations, he undertook a translation of Plato's Dialogues, which was published to great acclaim in 1871. He was elected Master of the college in 1870 and it is chiefly as an outstanding master of Balliol that he is remembered. However, at the end of the twentieth century his translations of Plato's Dialogues, Aristotle's Politics and Thucydides were still in print.


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