Ambiguity in Greek literature; studies in theory and practice
|Description||New York, Johnson Reprint Corp., 1972. |
xiv, 185 p. 23 cm.
"Reprint of the original edition to which the author has added a new 'corrigenda.'"
|Subjects||Greek literature - History and criticism - Theory, etc. | Greek literature - History and criticism. | Ambiguity in literature. | Greek language - Style. | Rhetoric, Ancient.|
William Bedell Stanford
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William Bedell Stanford (1910–1984), was an Irish classical scholar and senator. He was Regius Professor of Greek at Trinity College, Dublin between 1940 and 1980 and served as the twenty-second Chancellor of the University between 1982 and 1984.
He was born in Belfast, the son of a Dublin-born Church of Ireland clergyman who served in Waterford and Tipperary. He was educated at Bishop Foy's School in Waterford, where a special teacher had to be recruited to coach him in Greek. He subsequently won a sizarship to Trinity College. He was elected a Foundation Scholar in his second year at Trinity and also served as Auditor of the College Classical Society. He was editor of TCD: A College Miscellany in Hilary term of 1931. He became a Fellow in 1934 and was one of the last Fellows to be elected by examination. Stanford was one of seven candidates nominated for the Provostship of the University on March 11, 1952 but was eliminated along with two other candidates in the first round of the election. He was considered, at the age of 41, to be too junior.. The successful candidate on that occasion was the mathematician, A.J. McConnell, who remained in office for 20 years.
His grandfather's cousin was the great composer, Charles Villiers Stanford.
 Academic career
Stanford established himself as a Greek scholar in his twenties with the publication of two books which approached Greek literature as a subject for literary criticism, Greek metaphor and Ambiguity in Greek literature. He is perhaps best remembered for his commentaries aimed at students on Homer's Odyssey, Aristophanes' Frogs, and Sophocles' Ajax.
In 1965, Stanford gave the Sather Lectures at the University of California, Berkeley, on the topic of the pronunciation of Ancient Greek. The lectures were revised into a book published in 1967.
Stanford had a particular interest in the classical tradition, both in Ireland and elsewhere, and published a number of articles on this topic in the Trinity journal Hermathena, as well as a brief but wide-ranging book entitled Ireland and the classical tradition.
A long-time member of the Royal Irish Academy, Stanford was appointed Chairman of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies by President De Valera.
Stanford's poetry appears in several anthologies and his porthumously published Memoirs.
After Stanford's death, a series of lectures in his honour was established at Trinity College, Dublin. The first lecturer in the series was Duncan Kennedy, a former student of Stanford's.
 Seanad career
He also represented Trinity in the Seanad between 1951 and 1969. During the 1950s, however, he had the courage to come out publicly against the notorious Fethard Boycott and he also demanded an inquiry into the assault on Jehovah's Witnesses in Clare. In both cases, de Valera proved sympathetic personally but declined to take any public action. As a leader of Ireland's small Protestant population, Stanford was a lifelong champion of the Proportional Representation electoral process, believing that it protected the rights of minorities.