SHEFFIELD CLASSICAL ASSOCIATION
Sheffield Classical Association
Sir Arthur Wallace Pickard–Cambridge: Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield University and formidable scholar of Ancient Greek.
‘The new Vice-Chancellor swept in like a cold but bracing wind, and his coming marked the beginning of a new era in the life of the University.
ARTHUR WALLACE PICKARD-CAMBRIDGE (1873-1952), an outstanding classical scholar, was the son of a country rector who was also a noted naturalist and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He came to Sheffield from a brief tenure of the Chair of Greek at Ediburgh but nearly all his working life had been spent in Oxford. Entering Balliol College as an undergraduate towards the end of Benjamin Jowett’s Mastership, he took First Classes in both Classical Moderatiosn and in Literae Humaniores and immediately after graduation was elected to a fellowship at Oriel College. Two years later, in 1897, he was recalled to Balliol and, as fellow and tutor, served the College for more than thirty years, developing and exercising his remarkable talents both in scholarship and administration. ‘He was our housekeeper, our gardener, Dean of Examinations . . . and his sharply pointed pencil, whether it was correcting . . . or recording the College minutes, was symbolic of the penetration of his criticism and the accuracy of his mind.’ (a friend and colleague-the passage is taken from Arthur W. Chapman (1955) The Story of a Modern University: A History of the University of Sheffield).
The number of students entered for the various lectures and classes at Firth College on opening in 1880:
Latin (first year) . . . . . . . .5
Latin (second year) . . . . 2
Greek (first year) . . . . . . 6
Saturday Class. . . . . . . . . 4
First year . . . . 3
Second year . . 1
Saturday Class . . . 3
Ancient History . . . 23
Modern History . . . 33
Chemistry . . . 4
Physics . . . 5
At first the teaching staff changed a great deal. Professor Hutton stayed only for the two terms of the first session and was then followed by F. G. Brabant but he also resigned after a year, and it was then decided to convert the Chair of Classics into one of Literature and History, the Professor of which would undertake such Classical teaching as might be necessary. P. A. Barnett was appointed to the new post . . .
HUTTON, Maurice was born in 1856 in Manchester. Son of Joseph Henry Hutton, Unitarian minister, who afterwards joined the Church of England, and was for many years Rector of West Heslerton, Yorkshire, and Mary Mottram. Nephew of Richard Hutton of the Spectator.
Education: Magdalen College School and Worcester College, Oxford. Open scholarship, 1874. 1st class Classical Moderations, 1877. 1st class Literae Humaniores, 1879. Master of Arts; Doctor of Laws (Honorary).
Career: Fellow of Merton College, 1879. Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at Firth College, Sheffield, 1880. Professor of Classics in the University College, Toronto, 1880.
Chairman Designate of the Latin Section at the Congress of Arts and Sciences, St. Louis Exposition, 1904. Professor of Greek since 1887, and Principal since 1901, of University College, Toronto. Acting President of the University, 1900-1907. Oxford; Toronto, and Queen’s University, Kingston.
Interests: Classical and rhyming translations into Latin and Greek verse, Greek prose, rowing, sailing, and golf.
Connections: Spouse 1885, Annie Margaret, 3rd daughter of John M‘Caul, LL.D., first President of University Coll., Toronto.
1880 M.A. HUTTON
1880–2 F. G. BRABANT
1882–9 P. A. BARNETT
1890–1903 W. C. F. ANDERSON
1903–9 W. C. SUMMERS
In 1909 the Department of Classics was divided into separate Departments of Greek and Latin:
1909–21 E. S. Forster
1921–45 E. S. FORSTER
1945–58 J. TATE
1958–82 R. CROSSLAND
1909–30 W. C. SUMMERS
1931–52 J. D. CRAIG
1952– 76 E. LAUGHTON
40 Reasons to learn Latin:
Ann Patty on twitter
1. Because it’s eccentric.
2. Because it uses the same sort of analytical skill that math does, but rather than equations, you end up with poetry.
3. Because it’s not simply goal oriented.
4. Because it’s a challenge.
5. Because it opens up a completely different time and culture.
6. Because it is gymnastics for the mind.
7. Because it is both elegantly compact and wildly errant.
8. Because the only knowledge that is useless is knowledge you lack.
9. Because you can understand all the magic spells in Harry Potter.
10. Because de gustibus non disputandum est.
11. Because it improves your memory.
12. Because it is the home base of English.
13. Because you can translate all those Latin phrases writers throw into their books and articles.
14. Because it allows you to join a conversation that’s been ongoing for thousands of years.
15. Because it inspires love as well as exasperation.
16. Because you can understand medical terminology.
17. Because learning to parse verbs and nouns helps you parse other questions.
18. Because it is a gateway into many other modern languages.
19. Because it improves speaking and writing skills.
20. Because it is constantly amazing.
21. Because you can read some great literature in the original language.
22. Because it builds your vocabulary.
23. Because, like all parents, it is something to be reckoned with.
24. Because it helps you understand Western history and culture.
25. Because you will know the difference between e.g. and i.e.
26. Because orators crib from the great Latin rhetoricians all the time.
27. Because it helps you make connections between disparate concepts.
28. Because it teaches you to order your thoughts in a fundamentally different way.
29. Because communicating with the dead is important.
30. Because it is ubiquitous and immortal.
31. Because you will learn about ancient mythology, gods, and goddesses.
32. Because you can’t understand where we are without understanding where we’ve been.
33. Because you will be able to decipher legal terms.
34. Because you will get to know the original Dead White Men on their own terms.
35. Because you will be able to decipher botanical terms.
36. Because you can use it to create new nomenclature for sexual persuasions.
37. Because you will know which of the credits on John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight are fake, and which are real Latin.
38. Because you can scatter Latin phrases into your conversations.
39. Because your friends will think you are crazy in an interesting way.
40. Because it just might change your life.
Archaeology at the University of Sheffield
5 December 2012 ·
As we all know, absolute dating techniques in archaeology often come with a sizable plus/minus cushion - such is the case with our dating of the foundation of the Department of Prehistory and Archaeology at Sheffield - 1976 +/- 1 year. The relative chronology is clear: Robert Hopper retired and Keith Branigan was appointed as Professor of Archaeology but could not take up his position until the following year. During the intervening year, Derek Mosely was acting Head - but it seems that there was some disagreement about what he was Head of: an independent Archaeology department or a group of Archaeology staff within the Department of Ancient History. But everyone agrees that once Keith took up his post in August, the Department of Prehistory and Archaeology most definitely existed!
The question is, when did these events take place? Our very own Colin Merrony provides a very helpful terminus ante quem, since he started his undergraduate degree in Archaeology in 1977 and he swears up and down that the department existed when he arrived. Indeed, the Centenary history of the University (published 2005) has the department starting in 1977, but a departmental booklet published in 1979 - to celebrate the department's move to its own building on Clarkehouse Road - says that Keith took up his post in 1976. So in a neat bit of source criticism, we're assuming that the 1979 source is likely to be right - and we have external corroboration from another former staff member, Professor John Drinkwater, who remembers that he married his wife Gillian the year that Hopper retired and that certainly was in 1975. So, the balance of evidence suggests the chronology of events was as follows:
1975: Robert Hopper retires and Keith Branigan is appointed as Professor of Archaeology
1976: Keith takes up his post in August and the Department of Prehistory and Archaeology is formally created
1977: Colin Merrony and John Moreland join the department as BA students, and Sheffield archaeology is never the same again...
An anonymous author on the Sheffield Department of Archaeology Facebook page about 2012. Glad to add a name if authorship is claimed.
See previous post-Angus Hulton, doctus sermones utriusque linguae could compose poetry in either of the Classical languages.
Discovered yesterday, while escorting granddaughters to view the Christmas trees in Worcester Cathedral. The Latin is beautiful and elegant. Any Classics teacher would want to be described as dexter(ra) 'in Latinis, Graecis, Hebraicis Literis feliciter edocendis.' (See below for translation), also as a celeberrimus (a) Gymnasiarcha. Hail Henry Bright of Worcester!
Mane, Hospes, et lege.
Halt, stranger, and read.
Magister Henricus Bright,
Mr. Henry Bright,
The most celebrated schoolmaster,
qui Scholae [wrongly inscribed "Schola"] Regiae istic fundatae
Who over the Royal School here founded,
per totos quadraginta annos summa cum laude praefuit :
For 40 years in all, presided with the highest distinction.
Quo non alter magis sedulus fuit scitusve aut dexter
No other was more diligent or wise than he, or more skilled
in Latinis, Graecis, Hebraicis Literis feliciter edocendis :
At felicitously imparting Latin, Greek and Hebrew letters:
Teste utraque Academia, quam instruxit aifatim numerosa pube literaria ;
As witness, both universities, which he supplied amply with numerous learned youths.
Sed et totidem annis coque amplius Theologiam professus,
For as many years, furthermore, ordained in theology,
et hujus Ecclesiae per septennium Canonicus major,
And for seven years a major canon of this church,
sepissimè hie et alibi sacrum Dei Praeconem magno cum zelo et fructu egit ;
Very often, here and elsewhere, he acted as God's holy herald with great zeal and effect;
Vir pius, doctus, integer, frugi, de Republicâ deque Ecclesia optimè meritus,
A pious man, learned, of integrity and restraint, worthy of the best of Church and State alike,
à laboribus perdiu pernoctuque ab anno 1562 ad 1626,
From his labours by day and by night from the year 1562 to 1626[A]
strenue usque extant latis, 4to Martii suaviter requievit in Domino.
Exhausted at last, on 4th March sweetly rested in the Lord.
Written by Joseph Hall (1 July 1574 – 8 September 1656) who was an English bishop, satirist and moralist. His contemporaries knew him as a devotional writer, and a high-profile controversialist of the early 1640s. In church politics, he tended in fact to a middle way.
Thomas Fuller wrote:
He was commonly called our English Seneca, for the purenesse, plainnesse, and fulnesse of his style. Not unhappy at Controversies, more happy at Comments, very good in his Characters, better in his Sermons, best of all in his Meditations.
P.S. All these learned men would have undoubtedly supported the Save Classics at High Storrs campaign. Follow in their footsteps, if you've not done so already here