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ABRAMSKY, Samson (born 1953), Christopher Strachey Professor of Computing, University of Oxford, since 2000; Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford, since 2000

Alexander, Sir George [real name George Alexander Gibb Samson] (1858-1918), actor and theatre manager

Allusion to Samson Agonistes in Coleridge's ‘France: An Ode’

Altering Eyes: New Perspectives on Samson Agonistes

The American Fund for Public Service: Charles Garland and Radical Philanthropy, 1922–1941. By Gloria Garrett Samson. (Westport: Greenwood, 1996. xvi, 263 pp. $59.95, ISBN 0-313-29873-4.)

BARON, Edward (Samson) (1892 - 1962), retired; President, formerly Chairman and Managing Director, of Carreras Ltd; Director Guardian Assurance Company

Biblical Thematics: The Story of Samson in Medieval Literary Discourse

BOUTEILLER, Philippe Samson (1767 - 1812), Sculptor (ivory)

BRULEY, Samson - Painter

CAMDEN, Samson - Painter

Charles Rumney Samson (1883—1931) air force officer

COCKBURN, Forrester (born 1934), Samson Gemmell Professor of Child Health, University of Glasgow, 1977–96, now Emeritus Professor; Chairman, Yorkhill NHS Trust, 1997–2001

The Complete Works of John Milton, Vol. 2: The 1671 Poems: Paradise Regain'd and Samson Agonistes

Coslow, Sam[son] (1902–1982)

DANIEL SAMSON. The Spirit of Industry and Improvement: Liberal Government and Rural-Industrial Society, Nova Scotia, 1790–1862. Ithaca, N.Y.: McGill-Queen's University Press. 2008. Pp. viii, 432. Cloth $85.00, paper $34.95

Derek N. C. Wood, ‘Exiled from Light’: Divine Law, Morality, and Violence in Milton's Samson Agonistes. Pp. xxii + 247. Toronto, Buffalo, London: University of Toronto Press, 2001. £35.00 (ISBN 0 8020 4848 X).

Dosunmu, Samson Olabowale [Ola] (1914-1991?), gambler and nightclub proprietor

Edmé Samson

The Ethics of Appropriation: Samson Agonistes, Inglourious Basterds, and the Biblical Samson Tale

FLEXOR, Samson (1907 - 1971), Painter

Fox, Samson (1838-1903), mechanical and chemical engineer, and benefactor

François, Samson (1924)

François, Samson (1924)

François, Samson (1924 - 1970), pianist, composer

GEMMELL, Samson (died 1913), Professor of Practice of Medicine, Glasgow University from 1908; Physician, Western Infirmary, from 1892

Gideon, Samson (1699-1762), financier

GRIMOUIN-SAMSON, Raoul Adrien (born 1860), Painter

GUIGNARD, Jean Samson (1811 - 1897), Painter


Hirsch, Samson Raphael


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One of the Israelite judges, of the tribe of Dan (Judg. 13: 24–16: 31). He was a Nazirite, but sat lightly to his vows (Judg. 14: 8–10). He carried on a mostly individual battle against the Philistines. The stories of Samson's erotic attachment to women are legendary. They include the discovery by Delilah of the secret of his astonishing strength, which lay in his uncut hair. When it was shorn, he was captured and blinded, but in a last display of strength, as his hair grew, he seized the pillars which supported the house where the Philistines were celebrating, and died together with his mocking captors (Judg. 16: 4–31). The story of Samson was used by Handel for his oratorio, and there are many great pictures (by Rubens, Rembrandt, Reni) in the art galleries of London and other cities.

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