Biography of Sir Richard Claverhouse Jebb
Sir Richard Claverhouse Jebb (1841-1905) was Professor of Greek at the University from 1875 to 1889.
Born in Dundee, Jebb graduated MA from Trinity College, Cambridge and became a Lecturer and Fellow there in 1863. During his tenure of the Chair at Glasgow he published a number of important works, including Homer: An Introduction to the Illiad and Odyssey and the first three volumes of his edition of the works of Sophocles.
Jebb was appointed Professor of Greek at the University of Cambridge in 1889 and in 1891 he became the Conservative MP for Cambridge University. He served on a number of important government committees and commissions and was President of London Hellenic Society, Honorary Professor of Ancient History at the Royal Academy and a trustee of the British Museum. He was knighted in 1900.
The University’s Jebb Collection, housed within the University’s Special Collections Department comprises some 180 volumes from his personal library, including textbooks, editions of Classical authors and collections of translations into Greek and Latin verse.
The collection also includes some manuscript material which Jebb compiled during his time as a Professor at the University such as, class lists of Greek classes and scrapbooks (containing results of examinations, prize-lists and University notices).
As is to be expected, Jebb’s collection comprises mainly of books on Greek tragedy and Sophoclean literature. Many of the volumes bear important manuscript annotations in Jebb's hand.