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Mark Edwards (1929-2016)

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Mark Edwards (1929-2016)

Professor of Classics (Emeritus)
MA 1965 Bristol University

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Professor Mark Edwards on August 26th after a brief illness. Born and bred in the UK, he taught at Brown University and Queen's University, Ontario, before coming to Stanford in 1969 as department chair. Prior to that he had studied at the University of Bristol and University College London. In just over two decades at Stanford he made his mark as an enormously successful teacher of classical literature to graduate and undergraduate students, many of whom went on to become leading scholars. A wide-ranging scholar of Greek and Latin texts, he is especially known for his monographs, Homer: poet of the Iliad (1987) and Sound, Sense and Rhythm: listening to Greek and Latin poetry (2002), as well as his masterful commentary on Iliad 17-20 (1991). In retirement Mark continued to teach and research, his role as mentor reaching far and wide in North American Classics. We mourn the loss of a beloved colleague, teacher, and friend.


Please click here to view collected tributes from those who knew Mark personally and professionally.

Interview and transcript from Stanford's Oral History Collection between Prof. Edwards and Mark Pyzyk (Classics PhD 2016).