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LILIAN HAMILTON JEFFERY

1915-1986


2. Newnham College, Cambridge



The Grove, Newnham College, Cambridge

In 1928, a shy and silent child, she at last went to school as a day girl at Cheltenham Ladies' College, with a scholarship. The classical staff was good, and not unenterprising; her performance as Antigone was still remembered by her English teacher many years later. In 1933 she won a Major Classical scholarship to Newnham. Here she came under Jocelyn Toynbee, then Classics Tutor, who will have given her an early insight into the possibilities of integrating archaeological evidence into a picture of the ancient world. A First in Part I of the Tripos was followed by a 11.2 in Part II; some grain of obstinacy had determined that she did not care for the cruel and barbarous Romans. 'We decided to give the Romans a miss' was her account of her agreement with Miss Toynbee, and she more or less stuck to this position throughout life. An extra year on the Diploma in Classical Archaeology went better, under S. G. Campbell of Christ's, who had already introduced her to Greek epigraphy. Campbell, who died in 1956, is a curiously shadowy figure now, since he published very little; he was said to be revising the Introduction to Greek Epigraphy by E. S. Roberts. Some material was turned over to Anne at his death, which, to her distress, she found of little use. Anne testified to the solidity of his learning, and always spoke of him with affection and gratitude. It was surely he who suggested that she should concentrate on archaic Greek inscriptions, with special reference to the boustrophedon style; this, no doubt, was thought of as a pendant to R. P. Austin's then recent Oxford dissertation on the stoichedon style.


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