Richard Porson

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Richard Porson

Richard Porson (December 25, 1759September 25, 1808) was an English classical scholar.


  • To a gentleman, who, at the close of a fierce dispute with Porson, exclaimed, "My opinion of you is most contemptible, Sir"; he retorted, "I never knew an opinion of yours that was not contemptible."
    • John Selby Watson, The Life of Richard Porson, M.A. (1861), p. 385.

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