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JOHN HUDSON (1662–1719)

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Originally appearing in Volume V13, Page 850 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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JOHN HUDSON (1662–1719), English classical scholar, was born at Wythop in Cumberland. He was educated at Oxford, where the remainder of his life was spent. In 1701 he was appointed Bodley's librarian, and in 1711 principal of St Mary's Hall. His political views stood in the way of his preferment in the church and university. He died on the 26th of November 1719. As an editor and commentator he enjoyed a high reputation both at home and abroad. His works, chiefly editions of classical authors, include the following: Velleius Paterculus (1693); Thucydides (1696); Geographcae Veteris Scriptores Graeci minores (1698–1712) containing the works and fragments of 21 adthors and the learned, though diffuse, dissertations of H. Dodwell—a rare and valuable work, which in spite of its faulty text was not superseded until the appearance of C. W. Muller's edition in the Didot series: the editio princeps of Moeris, De Vocibus Atticis et Hellenicis (1712); Josephus (1720, published posthumously by his friend Anthony Hall, the antiquary), a correct and beautifully printed edition, with variorum notes and translation. See Wood, Athenae Oxonienses, iv.; introduction to the edition of Josephus; W. Hutchinson, History of Cumberland (1794).
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