This page collects stray information about Sidonius scholars, with no intention to be in any way complete or even representative.
Semple and A.E. Housman
From The Letters of A.E. Housman, ed. Archie Burnett, 2 vols, Oxford, 2007:
p. xlviii lists William Hugh Semple (1900-1981) among the recipients of Housman’s letters. S. was a research student in Cambridge under H.’s supervision in 1925; his doctoral thesis ‘Quaestiones Exegeticae Sidonianae’ was approved in 1927, and published in Transactions of the Cambridge Philological Society, 1930. He was Professor of Classics in Manchester, 1937-67. See Ian Rogerson, ‘W.H. Semple: A Research Student of A.E. Housman’, Housman Society Journal 25 (1999) 70-72.
p. 27 in a letter from 1927: ‘Mr W.H. Semple, as a research student in this University, has been preparing for the last two years under my direction a thesis on the Epistles of Apollinaris Sidonius’.
p. 206 praises S. in a letter from 1930 for his research based ‘on full knowledge and conducted with great exactness’, overcoming ‘many difficulties in the letters and poems of Sidonius Apollinaris’, and thus being ‘a valuable contribution to the understanding of the author’.
p. 623 is a request to the Library in 1926 to waive the rule of no more than five books being lent out to a student, because S. ‘who is studying Apollinaris Sidonius under my direction […] finds that 5 books are not enough to work with and that the books he wants are not to be found elsewhere than in the Library. He is a graduate of Belfast, and has acted for three years as assistant to the professors of Latin and of English here.’
Semple was born in 1900 in Belfast and died in 1981 in Manchester. He was educated at Queen’s University, Belfast, and at St John’s College, Cambridge (PhD). He was a Lecturer in Classics, 1927-1931, and a Reader in Latin, 1931-1937, at the University of Reading and Professor of Latin, 1937-1967, at the University of Manchester.
The entry for W.H. Semple in the Oxford UK Who’s Who here (access by subscription).
Courtenay Edward Stevens (1905-1976), known universally and affectionately to the College and the wider academic world as ‘Tom Brown’, was a Scholar of New College between 1924 and 1928. He received a BA in 1928 and a MA in 1933. He became a Fellow and Tutor of Magdalen in 1933. Stevens served in intelligence during WWII, and is particularly known for producing a set of German language newspapers dropped behind enemy lines, of which Magdalen has a complete set of copies. He died in 1976.
| source Magdalen College Archive
See also Wikidata and Wikipédia; for his wife, the poet Leila Buckley, Wikipedia and for his membership of the Inklings, together with C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien among others, gathering weekly between 1930 and 1949 in Lewis’ room in Magdalen College, the Oxford DNB and Colin Duriez’ The Oxford Inklings: Lewis, Tolkien and Their Circle, Oxford 2015 (Stevens on pages 172, 199, 235; ‘an Inkling gallery‘).
See his portrait by Edward Mills on ArtUK.