Richard Bentley

1662 - 1742

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Richard Bentley FRS (; 27 January 1662 – 14 July 1742) was an English classical scholar, critic, and theologian. Considered the "founder of historical philology", Bentley is widely credited with establishing the English school of Hellenism. In 1892, A. E. Housman called Bentley "the greatest scholar that England or perhaps that Europe ever bred". Bentley's Dissertation upon the Epistles of Phalaris, published in 1699, proved that the letters in question, supposedly written in the 6th century BCE by the Sicilian tyrant Phalaris, were actually a forgery produced by a Greek sophist in the 2nd century CE. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Richard Bentley has received more than 130,602 page views. His biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia. Richard Bentley is the 4,558th most popular writer (down from 4,218th in 2019), the 3,407th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 3,189th in 2019) and the 393rd most popular Writer.

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Among writers, Richard Bentley ranks 4,558 out of 5,755Before him are Melissa Mathison, Henry of Huntingdon, Paul Egede, Jacques Roubaud, Peter Carey, and Gyula Illyés. After him are Fedir Bohatyrchuk, Adalbero of Reims, Kenjirō Tokutomi, Elizabeth Bowen, Karl Leberecht Immermann, and Jacky Liew.

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Among people born in 1662, Richard Bentley ranks 15Before him are William Ernest, Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Baltacı Mehmet Pasha, Jan Frans van Bloemen, Augustus William, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Balaji Vishwanath, and Sebastiano Mocenigo. After him is Matthew Henry. Among people deceased in 1742, Richard Bentley ranks 16Before him are Carlos Seixas, Luigi Guido Grandi, Bohuslav Matěj Černohorský, Willem 's Gravesande, John Augustus, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst, and Magdalena Wilhelmine of Württemberg.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Richard Bentley ranks 3,407 out of 7,765Before him are Edward Blyth (1810), Asa Butterfield (1997), Clifford Curzon (1907), Suze Randall (1946), Prince William Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh (1743), and Justin Welby (1956). After him are Prince Frederick of Great Britain (1750), Isabella Beeton (1836), Alan Ball Jr. (1945), Alan White (1949), Emil Voigt (1883), and Liam Howlett (1971).

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Among writers born in United Kingdom, Richard Bentley ranks 393Before him are Donald Rayfield (1942), W. W. Jacobs (1863), Robert Greene (1558), Peter F. Hamilton (1960), John Gower (1330), and Henry of Huntingdon (1080). After him are Brian Lumley (1937), Eleanor Farjeon (1881), W. S. Gilbert (1836), Elizabeth Goudge (1900), Len Deighton (1929), and Edith Sitwell (1887).