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Gaisford Thomas, d.d.,

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an English divine and eminent classical scholar, was born in Wiltshire, December 22, 1779. He was educated at Winchester school, where he was noted for his proficiency in Greek. He entered Christ Church, Oxford, in 1797, and was elected a student in 1800 by the unanimous suffrage of the chapter. He proceeded B.A. June 3, 1801, and M.A. April 11, 1804. He acted for several years as tutor in his college. His edition of the Enchiridion of Hephaestion, published in 1810, established his reputation as an accurate and profound scholar. In 1811 he was made regius professor of Greek, and, after a number of valuable preferments, in 1831 he was made dean of Christ Church, which office he filled most ably till his death, June 2, 1855. So high was his reputation as a classical scholar that he was elected a member of the Institute of France and of the Royal Academy of Munich. In private life he "did justly, loved mercy, and walked humbly before God." The list of his classical publications is too great to be published here; among them were editions, in whole or in part, of Euripides, Plato, Aristotle, Herodotus, Sophocles. In theological literature he edited, besides other works, the following: Chaerobosci Dictata in Theodosii Canones, necnon Epimerismi in Psalmos (3 volumes, 1842): Eusebii Ecloga Propheticae (1842): Eusebii Preparatio Evangelica (1843): Pearsoni Adversaria Hesychiana (2 volumes, 1844): Etymoloagcon Magnum (fol. 1848): Vetus Testamentus ex Versione LXX Interp. (3 volumes, l2mo, 1848): Stobaei Eclogae Physicae et Ethicae (2 volumes, 1850): Eusebius contra Hieroclem et Marcellum (1852): Eusebii Demonstratio Evangelica (2 volumes, 8vo, 1852): Theodoreti Historia Ecclesiastica (1854). Hardwick, Annual Biogr. (Lond. 1850, 12mo).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Gaisford Thomas, d.d.,'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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