Meric Casaubon

(1599—1671) scholar and divine

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Meric Casaubon was born in Geneva on 14 August 1599 and died on 14 July 1671. His father, Isaac Casaubon, was one of the foremost humanist scholars of the early modern period. The family settled in England in 1610, and Meric was sent first to Eton and then to Christ Church, Oxford, graduating MA in 1621. Although he is now remembered chiefly as a classical scholar, Casaubon recalled later in life that he studied some mathematics in his youth and that he found himself sufficiently inspired by Francis Bacon's works to devote a not inconsiderable amount of his time to scientific experiments. Casaubon began his publishing career by defending his father against the cavils of several Catholic critics. In 1624 Bishop Lancelot Andrewes conferred on him the rectorship of Bleadon, Somerset, and four years later he was given a prebend stall at Canterbury. Three other livings were conferred on him in the following decade, leaving Casaubon free to pursue scholarship. Among the works he published in the 1630s mention should be made of his edition of Optatus (1631) and a translation the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (1634).


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