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Thirlwall, Connop

An English scholar and historian, born at Stepney in 1797. He was educated at Charterhouse and Cambridge, where he took honours, and later studied law. In 1828 he began the publication of an English version of Niebuhr's History of Rome, and was one of the editors of the Philological Museum (1831-33). In 1835 he undertook a History of Greece, which was finished in eight volumes in 1847, and re-issued, with extensive revision, in 1847-52. In 1840 he was made Bishop of St. David 's. He died July 27, 1875. His History has been called a Tory history of Greece, as Grote's has been styled a Whig history; and Thirlwall's sympathies are everywhere with aristocracy as against democracy; but his learning, sagacity, and candour are worthy of high commendation, and he is superior to Grote as a writer of English. A paper by Thirlwall, “On the Irony of Sophocles,” which appeared in the Philological Museum, is a valuable contribution to Sophoclean study. See an article in the Edinburgh Review for April, 1876.

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