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E. A. Sophocles
Charles Scribner’s Sons
Charles Scribner’s Sons,
John Bartlett / 1844–1900
Evangelinus A. Sophocles devoted his life to the study of Ancient, Byzantine, and Modern Greek. The four volumes in this collection represent the culmination of decades of research and study on the Greek language. His grammars and lexicons have been all been recognized as major contributions to Greek scholarship. His grammatical works brought the insights of a native speaker of Modern Greek to the study of Ancient Greek. Likewise, Sophocles' Greek Lexicon of the Roman and Byzantine Periods fills a needed gap in lexical resources for post-Classical Greek. To this day, it is one of only a handful of lexicons that covers the Koine and Byzantine periods of the Greek language.
There are very few scholars in the history of Greek grammar who have attained the breadth of knowledge across the whole history of the Greek language that Sophocles reached. A Modern Greek speaker, he began his Classical studies early—before his teenage years. By the time Sophocles published A Greek Grammar for the Use of Learners, he had already been studying Greek for nearly twenty-five years. And by the time the first edition of his lexicon was published, Sophocles had fifty years of Greek study under his belt.
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On the whole, I know of no elementary grammar which fulfills the demands which are made by the present state of this science more completely than that of Mr. Sophocles.
—T. D. Woolsey, Professor of Greek at Yale College
Such a phenomenon as Sophocles is indeed rare in our academic circles, and we feel that it was a privilege to have him among us.
—Daedalus: Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Science, Vol. 19
Evangelinus Apostolides Sophocles was born near Thessaly, Greece in March, 1807. During the Greek revolution he lived in Egypt, studying in St. Catherine's Monastery at Mount Sinai. Sophocles moved to the United States in 1829 through the patronage of the American board of commissioners for foreign missions. Between 1840 and 1949, he was a tutor at Harvard, after which he was appointed as assistant professor. In 1860 he was appointed as Professor of Ancient, Byzantine, and Modern Greek. Professor Sophocles published a number of introductory volumes on Modern Greek, but his magnus opus was his lexicon, Greek Lexicon of the Roman and Byzantine Periods, B.C. 146–A.D. 1100. He died on December 17th, 1883.