John Dewar Denniston

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John Dewar Denniston (4 March 1887 in India – 2 May 1949 in Church Stretton)[1] was a British classical scholar.

His parents were James Lawson Denniston, of the Indian Civil Service, and Agnes Guthrie. He was educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford. He took a First in Classical Moderations (Greek and Latin) in 1908 and a Second in Literae Humaniores (philosophy and ancient history) in 1910.[2]. He was Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford from 1913 until his death.

He served in the First World War, 1914-18, 7th King's Own Scottish Borderers and General Staff War Office. He was twice wounded; he gained the distinctions of Croix de Guerre and O.B.E.[3]


  • Greek Literary Criticism (1924)
  • Cicero Philippics I and II (1925)
  • The Greek Particles (1934)
  • Euripides' Electra (1939)
  • Oxford Classical Dictionary co-editor, (1949)
  • Greek Prose Style (1952)
  • Aeschylus' Agamemnon edited with Denys Page, (1957)


  1. ^ Catalogus Philologorum Classicorum
  2. ^ Oxford University Calendar 1913, Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1913. pp. 183, 218
  3. ^ Who's Who 1948, London : A. & C. Black, 1948, p.726.