Richard Shilleto: Classical Notebook

Scope and Content

Notes on Plato and Aristophanes by R. Shilleto, 83 folios: (fo. 2) Plato's Protagoras; (fo. 12) Phraedrus; (fo. 32) Lysis; (fo. 40) Meno. Beginning at the end of book and written inversely are notes on Aristophanes' Wasps. The original paper cover with the inscription 'R. Shilleto, Trin: Coll: Cambridge' has been pasted inside the front cover.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ricard Shilleto (1809-1876) was born on 25 November 1809, the son of John Shilleto of Ulleskelf, Yorkshire. He was educated at Repton and at Shrewsbury school, before being admitted to Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1828, to study classics (B.A., 1832; M.A., 1835). He took orders, lectured at Trinity and King's, and worked as a private coach. He became a fellow of Peterhouse in 1867, and served as assistant tutor, dean, and praelector of the college. Shilleto was an acclaimed Greek scholar with a great knowledge of Greek prose. He died on 24 September 1876 at his house in Bateman Street.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1877.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Shiletto in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, Vol. XVIII (London, 1909), pp. 106-107.

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Related Material

Cambridge University Library also holds notes of lectures given by Shiletto, MSS.Add.5937-5939.