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Originally appearing in Volume V04, Page 49 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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FREDERICK HENRY MARVELL BLAYDES (1818-1908), English classical scholar, was born at Hampton Court Green, on the 29th of September 1818, being a collateral descendant of Andrew Marvell, the satirist and friend of Milton. He was educated at St Peter's school, York, and Christ Church, Oxford. He was Hertford scholar in 1838, took a second class in literae humaniores in 184o, and was subsequently elected to a student-ship at Christ Church. In 1842 he took orders, and from 1843 to 1886 was vicar of Harringworth in Northamptonshire. During a long life he devoted himself almost entirely to the study of the Greek dramatists. His editions and philological papers are remarkable for bold conjectural emendations of corrupt (and other) passages. His distinction was recognized by his being made an honorary LL.D. of Dublin, Ph.D. of the university of Buda Pest and a fellow of the royal society of letters at Athens. He died at Southsea on the 7th of September 1908. His works include :—Aristophanes: Comedies and Fragments, with critical notes and commentary (188o–1893) ; Clouds, Knights, Frogs., Wasps (1873-1878) ; Opera Omnia, with critical notes (1886); Sophocle,; Oedipus Coloneus, Oedipus Tyrannus and Antigone (in the Bibliotheca Classica, 1859) ; Philoctetes (1870), Trachiniae (1871), Electra (1873), Ajax (1875), Antigone (1905) ; Aeschylus: Agamemnon (1898), Choephori (1899), Eumenides (190o), Adversaria Critica in Comicorum Graecorum Fragmenta (189o) ; in Tragicorum Graec. Frig. (1894), in Aeschylum (1895), in Varios Poetas Graecos et Latinos (1898), in Aristophanem (1899), in Sophoclem (1899), in Euripidem (1901), in Herodotum (1901); Analecta Comica Graeca (1905) ; Analecta Tragica Graeca (1906).

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