Dominic Rieu

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October 28, 2021

Dominic Christopher Henry Rieu, also known as D. H. C. Rieu (October 26, 1916 - April 29, 2008) was a classicist and translator, son of Emile Victor Rieu. [1]

Biography

After attending Highgate School, he studied English and Classical Literature at Queen's College, Oxford. As part of the West Yorkshire regiment in 1941, he was wounded in Keren (Eritrea) and received the Military Cross. [1] He was also director of the Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys from 1955 to 1977. [2] Rieu translated the Acts of the Apostles for the Penguin Classics series and together with Peter Jones reviewed EV Rieu's translations of the Iliad and Odyssey. [2] While acknowledging his father's "awesome abilities", Rieu made corrections about phrases from the Greek, disdain for nameless gods, abuse of formulas and modernist prose. In addition, he preserved some vivid phrases and adjectives from his father. Upon retiring from it, Rieu joined the English charity Samaritans and Cruse Bereavement Counseling. He also wrote numerous books and articles related to his life experience in Subud. [2]

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