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Tragedy, Euripides and Euripideans$
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Christopher Collard

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781904675730

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781904675730.001.0001

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Samuel Musgrave (1732–80)

Samuel Musgrave (1732–80)

(p.229) 16 Samuel Musgrave (1732–80)
Tragedy, Euripides and Euripideans

Christopher Collard

Liverpool University Press

As a young graduate Musgrave read Greek manuscripts in Paris and qualified medically in Leiden, but later prejudiced any career through bruising revelations about the 1763 Treaty of Paris (he was somehow caught up in the secret diplomacy). His practices as a doctor in Devon and then London failed, and he died in poverty. His achievements were real, however, for he was among the first to recognise and describe psychomatic factors in medicine; and his Euripidean collations led in 1778 to the most methodical and accomplished complete edition of Euripides (and fragments) yet published anywhere. He struggled to complete an even fuller edition of Sophocles, which although unfinished was published in 1800 from papers bought after his death.

Keywords:   Musgrave, medical doctor, collator of manuscipts, editor and commentator, Euripides, Sophocles

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