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Percy Gardner

Percy Gardner (1846-1937), English classical archaeologist, was born in London, and was educated at the City of London school and Christ's College, Cambridge (fellow, 1872).

He was Disney professor of archaeology at Cambridge from 1880 to 1887, and was then appointed professor of classical archaeology at Oxford, where he had a stimulating influence on the study of ancient, and particularly Greek, art.

He also became prominent as an historical critic on Biblical subjects. Among his works are: Types of Greek Coins (1883) A Numismatic Commentary on Pausanias (with F Imhoof-Blumer, 1887); New Chapters in Greek History (1892), an account of excavations in Greece and Asia Minor; Manual of Greek Antiquities (with FB Jevons, 2nd ed. 1898); Grammar of Greek Art (1905); Exploratio Evangelica (1899), on the origin of Christian belief; A Historic View of the New Testament (1901); Growth of Christianity (1907).

His brother, Ernest Arthur Gardner, was also a prominent archaeologist.

This entry was originally from the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.