Officially, we’re Stoked!

Our departmental library has just been gifted with the book collection of Michael Stokes, formerly Professor of Greek at Durham (1974-1993), who passed away last May.   Prof. Stokes was a world-leading scholar in ancient philosophy, especially known for his influential work on the Presocratics, Plato and Socrates (notably the early dialogues), and Sophocles.   I recall borrowing books he had checked out from the Center for Hellenic Studies library collection when I was there and believing that grasping the book Stokes had also borrowed would lead to some transfer of wisdom through the filaments; now, with our new collection,  I’m expecting a full-on flood.  I’m sorry never to have met him in person, but it is easy to infer his generosity and the grandeur of his mind from the donation itself.

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The Stokes Collection, waiting to be catalogued in the Department of Classics and Ancient History Library at Durham University

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