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James Duport (/dˈpɔːrt/; 1606, Cambridge – 17 July 1679, Peterborough) was an English classical scholar.


His father, John Duport, who was descended from an old Norman family (the Du Ports of Caen, who settled in Leicestershire during the reign of Henry IV), was master of Jesus College, Cambridge. The son was educated at Westminster School and at Trinity College, where he became fellow and subsequently vicemaster.[1] In 1639 he was appointed Regius Professor of Greek, in 1641 Archdeacon of Stow, in 1664 Dean of Peterborough, and in 1668 Master of Magdalene College.[1][2]


Through the English Civil War, in spite of the loss of his clerical offices and eventually of his professorship, Duport continued his lectures. He is best known by his Homeri gnomologia (1660), a collection of all the aphorisms, maxims, and remarkable opinions in the Iliad and Odyssey, illustrated by quotations from the Bible and classical literature. His other published works chiefly consist of translations (from the Bible and Prayer Book into Greek) and short original poems, collected under the title of Horae subsecivae or Stromata. They include congratulatory odes (inscribed to the king); funeral odes; carmina comitialia (tripos verses on different theses maintained in the schools, remarkable for their philosophical and metaphysical knowledge); sacred epigrams; and three books of miscellaneous poems (Sylvae). The character of Duports' work is not such as to appeal to modern scholars, but he deserves the credit of having done much to keep alive the study of classical literature in his day.[2]


  1. ^ a b "James Duport (DPRT622J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ a b One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Duport, James". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 8 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 689.


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Terry F  •  Link

Dr James Duport "(1606, Cambridge - July 17th 1679, Peterborough) was an English classical scholar.....; educated at Westminster and at Trinity College, where he became fellow and subsequently vicemaster. In 1639 he was appointed regius professor of Greek, in 1664 dean of Peterborough, and in 1668 master of Magdalene College."…

His “books bequeathed…at his death in 1679 were kept [in what became the main library of the Pepys building at Magdelene College] until 1834. He had contributed substantially to the cost of the building.”…

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Bill  •  Link

DUPORT, JOHN (d. 1617), biblical scholar; of Norman extraction; M.A. and fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge, before 1580; rector of Pulham, 1583; precentor of St. Paul's, 1585; D.D.; master of Jesus College, 1590; four times vice-chancellor of Cambridge, and (1609) prebendary of Ely; one of the translators of the bible (1611).
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.

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