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Department of Greek
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The Principal Regent, Andrew Melville , introduced the teaching of Greek to Glasgow University in 1574 . He also introduced the system whereby Regents taught the same subjects throughout the session. This put the teaching of Greek and Latin Literature in the hands of one teacher. The Nova Erectio confirmed this method of teaching in 1577 . Melville's successor's included Patrick Sharp , Robert Boyd , and John Cameron , who as well as teaching also held the post of Principal. From 1581 onwards one of the Regents was sometimes given the title Professor of Greek. By 1637 Greek and Humanity were separated and taught as independent subjects.
In 1695 the Commission of Visitation recommended a separate Professorship, which was instituted in 1704 . The first occupant of the Chair of Greek was Alexander Dunlop , who held the post from 1704 until 1746 . Some of the notable professors included James Moore ( 1746-1774 ), John Young ( 1774-1821 ), George Murray ( 1889-1899 ), and William Rennie ( 1934-1946 ). A full list of the University's professors from 1451 to 2001 can be found at http://www.archives.gla.ac.uk/about/publish/elecpubs.html . In 1988 the Departments of Greek and Humanity were merged to from the Department of Classics.
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Subfonds level description compiled by Natalie Milne, archives assistant, January 2002 and John O'Brien, archives assistant, October 2002 .