H. D. F. Kitto biography

H. D. F. Kitto

Deceased Person

1897 – 1982


Who was H. D. F. Kitto?

Humphrey Davey Findley Kitto was a British classical scholar of Cornish ancestry. He was born in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

He was educated at The Crypt School, Gloucester, and St. John's College, Cambridge. He wrote his doctorate in 1920 at the University of Bristol. He became a Lecturer in Greek at the University of Glasgow from 1920 to 1944. On that year, he returned to the University of Bristol where he became Professor of Greek and emeritus in 1962. He concentrated on studies of Greek tragedy, producing also translations of works of Sophocles.

His early book, "In the Mountains of Greece", describes his journeys in that country, with no more than incidental reference to antiquity.

His 1952 general treatment The Greeks covered the whole range of ancient Greek culture, and became a standard text.

After his retirement, he taught in a small program for foreign students in Athens.


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Feb 6, 1897
  • United Kingdom
Jan 21, 1982

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