David Roy Shackleton Bailey 1917–2005

Richard F. Thomas

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 153 Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, VII

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780197264348
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734250 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

David Roy Shackleton Bailey 1917–2005

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David Roy Shackleton Bailey (1917–2005), a Fellow of the British Academy, was a prodigious scholar, a towering figure in textual criticism and the editing and translating of Latin literature, and a brilliant student of Roman Republican history, prosopography, and society. His work amounts to some fifty volumes and more than 200 articles and reviews. Shackleton's own prose style, whether in translations of Cicero, justifying an emendation, or just in correspondence is a delight to read, and frequently quotable. Born in Lancaster on December 10, 1917 to Rosamund Maude Giles and John Henry, he had always been attracted to the poet Horace. However, Shackleton's name is most closely associated with that of Cicero, whose letters in their entirety and speeches selectively he edited, with translation and commentary.

Keywords: Shackleton Bailey; British Academy; textual criticism; Latin literature; Cicero; Horace; Rosamund Maude Giles; John Henry

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Subjects: Theory, Methods, and Historiography

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