John Percival Postgate
John Percival Postgate
24 October 1853
|Died||15 July 1926 (aged 72)|
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
|Alma mater||University of Liverpool|
|Relatives||Oliver Postgate (grandson)|
John Postgate (grandson)
John Nicholas Postgate (grandson)
Born in Birmingham, the son of John Postgate, he was educated at King Edward's School where he became head boy. He won a scholarship to Trinity College, Cambridge where he read classics, being elected a Fellow in 1878.
He established himself as a creative editor of Latin poetry with published editions of Propertius, Lucan, Tibullus and Phaedrus. His major work was the two-volume Corpus Poetarum Latinorum, a triumph of editorial organisation. An influential work was his often reprinted "The New Latin Primer", 1888, much used in British schools over subsequent decades. While at Cambridge, he edited the Classical Review and the Classical Quarterly while holding the chair of comparative philology at University College, London. In 1909, reconciled that the Cambridge Chair would go to A. E. Housman, as it did in 1911, Postgate opted to become Professor of Latin at Liverpool.
He retired to Cambridge in 1920. On 14 July 1926 he was injured in a cycling accident and died of his injuries the following day.
He married his graduate student Edith Allen and they had six children among whom were Raymond Postgate (a journalist, historian, novelist and food writer), and Margaret Cole (a Fabian politician); he was grandfather to the animator and puppeteer Oliver Postgate, and the microbiologist John Postgate FRS (1922–2014),
- The New Latin Primer (London, 1888)
- Sermo Latinus. A Short Guide to Latin Prose Composition (London, 1889; revised and enlarged ed. 1913)
- (ed.) Corpus Poetarum Latinorum, 2 vols. (London, 1905-1920)
- (ed.) Tibulli Aliorumque Carminum Libri Tres. Oxford Classical Texts (Oxford, 1905)
- (ed. and tr., with F.W. Cornish and J.W. Mackail) Catullus, Tibullus and Pervigilium Veneris. Loeb Classical Library (London, 1912)
- (ed. with notes) M. Annaei Lucani De Bello Civili Liber VII (Cambridge, 1917; rev. ed. by O.A.W. Dilke, Bristol, 1978)
- (ed. with notes) M. Annaei Lucani De Bello Civili Liber VIII (Cambridge, 1917)
- Translation and Translations. Theory and Practice (London, 1922)
- Prosodia Latina. An Introduction to Classical Latin Verse (Oxford, 1923)
- A Short Guide to the Accentuation of Ancient Greek (Liverpool, 1924)
- (ed.) Phaedri Fabulae Aesopiae. Oxford Classical Texts (Oxford, 1934)
- "Postgate, John Percival (PSTT872JP)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- A Stomach for Dissent, The Life of Raymond Postgate. United Kingdom: Keele University Press. 1994. pp. 13–36. ISBN 1-85331-084-0.
- "POSTGATE, Prof. John Raymond". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. 2014 (online edition via Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)