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Bentley, Richard

Born: 1662 AD
Died: 1742 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Critics, Scholars

1662 – Born on the 27th of January in Oulton near Wakefield, Yorkshire.

1676 – From the grammar school of Wakefield Richard Bentley passed to St John’s College, Cambridge.

1680 – Obtained a scholarship and took the degree of B.A.

1690 – Bentley had taken deacon’s orders.

1692 – He was nominated first Boyle lecturer, a nomination which was repeated in 1694.

1694 – Offered the appointment a third time but declined it.

1695 – Received a royal chaplaincy and the living of Hartlebury.

         – He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society.

1696 – Proceeded to the degree of D.D.

        – He was commissioned by the University of Cambridge to obtain Greek and Latin fonts for their classical books.

1697 – Bentley supplied to Graevius’s Callimacijus a masterly collection of the fragments with notes, published at Utrecht.

1701 – Married Joanna, daughter of Sir John Bernard of Brampton, Huntingdonshire.

1709 – Contributed a critical appendix to John Davies’s edition of Cicero’s Tusculan Disputations.

1710 – Published his emendations on the Plutus md Nubes of Aristophanes, and on the fragments of Menander and Philemon.

          – The last came out under the name of "Phileutherus Lipsiensis".

        – He received the thanks of the university, in recognition of the service thereby rendered to the church and


1742 – Died on 14th of July.