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ROBINSON ELLIS (1834- )

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Originally appearing in Volume V09, Page 294 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ROBINSON ELLIS (1834- ), English classical scholar, was born at Harming, near Maidstone, on the 5th of September 1834. He was educated at Elizabeth College, Guernsey, Rugby, and Balliol College, Oxford. In 1858 he became fellow of Trinity College, Oxford, and in 1870 professor of Latin at University College, London. In 1876 he returned to Oxford, where from 1883 to 1893 he held the university readership in Latin. In 1893 he succeeded Henry Nettleship as professor. His chief work has been on Catullus, whom he began to study in 1859. His first Commentary on Catullus (1876) aroused great interest, and called forth a flood of criticism. In 1889 appeared a second and enlarged edition, which placed its author in the first rank of authorities on Catullus. Professor Ellis quotes largely from the are among the finest in India. They are first mentioned by early Italian commentators, maintaining that the land where i Ma'sudi, the Arabic geographer of the loth century, but merely the Renaissance originated had done more for scholarship than is as a celebrated place of pilgrimage. The caves differ from those commonly recognized. He has supplemented his critical work of Ajanta in consequence of their being excavated in the sloping by a translation (1871, dedicated to Tennyson) of the poems in sides of a hill and not in a nearly perpendicular cliff. They the metres of the originals. Another author to whom Professor extend along the face of the hill for a mile and a quarter, and are Ellis has devoted many years' study is Manilius, the astrological poet. In 1891 he published Nodes Manilianae, a series of dissertations on the Astronomica, with emendations. He has also treated Avianus, Velleius Paterculus and the Christian poet Orientius, whom he edited for the Vienna Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum. He edited the Ibis of Ovid, the Aetna of the younger Lucilius, and contributed to the Anecdota Oxoniensia various unedited Bodleian and other manuscripts. In 1907 he published Appendix Vergiliana (an edition of the minor poems); in 1908 The Annalist L,icinianus.
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