Person NamePhillimore; John Swinnerton (1873-1926); classical scholar, poet
ForenamesJohn Swinnerton
Epithetclassical scholar, poet
ActivityJohn Swinnerton Phillimore (1873-1926), classical scholar and poet, was born at Boconnoc, Cornwall, the son of Vice-Admiral Sir Augustus Phillimore and Harriet Eleanor Fortescue. Phillimore was educated at Westminster and Christ Church, Oxford, were he was awarded first classes in Classical Moderations (1893) and in Literae Humaniores (1895), and won the Hertford and Craven scholarships (1892), the Ireland scholarship (1893), and the chancellor's prize for Latin verse (1894). He became President of the Union in 1895 and that year Christ Church appointed him lecturer, student in 1896, and tutor in 1898. During the vacations he went mountaineering in the Dolomites.

In 1899 Phillimore became Professor of Greek at the University of Glasgow, and in 1906 he transferred to the chair of Humanity. In that year he was received into the Roman Catholic Church. In 1900 Phillimore married Cecily Spencer-Smith and they had a son and a daughter. At the end of the First World War he travelled to France as a representative of the Franco-Scottish Society.

Phillimore was awarded the honorary degrees of LL D, St Andrews, 1917, Litt D, Trinity College, Dublin, 1921, and 1914-1915 was the Sather professor of Classics at the University of California. Phillimore contributed to Classical Quarterly, the Classical Review, Mnemosyne, the Dublin Review and other periodicals. Phillimore's publications include: 'Musa Clauda' (1898); 'Propertius' (1901); 'Silvae' (1905); Some Remarks on Translation and Translators (1919); The Revival of Criticism (1919); ‘Ille Ego’ (1920); Pastoral and Allegory (1925); The Hundred Best Latin Hymns (1926).
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