His father was Thomas Bentley of Oulton. His grandfather, Captain James Bentley,[ citation needed ] had suffered for the Royalist cause following the English Civil Warleaving the family in reduced circumstances.
Gifted with a powerful and logical mind, he was able to do much to restore ancient texts and to point the way to new developments in textual criticism and scholarship. Bentley was educated at Wakefield Grammar School and St. In he made the acquaintance of John Mill at Oxford, who asked him to look through the proof sheets of the Oxford edition of the chronicler John Malalas.
Bentley was appointed Boyle lecturer at the University of Oxford inand in he became keeper of the Royal Library and fellow of the Royal Society.
In he published his Dissertation upon the Epistles of Phalarisa work in which he attacked the authenticity of the epistles, bringing all his learning and critical powers to bear in proof of their spuriousness.
In Bentley was chosen master of Trinity College, Cambridge, and in he became regius professor of divinity. His tenure as master was marked by friction and litigation.
His domineering temper and his contemptuous treatment of the fellows led to various attempts to secure his ejection and embroiled him in controversy and feuding for the next 30 years.
Through it all, however, Bentley continued his classical studies. His later works include an edition of Terencepublished intogether with the fables of Aesop and the Sententiae of Publilius Syrusand in an edition of Marcus Manilius.
On other classical authors, such as NicanderPlautusLucretius, and Lucan, he left notes, which were published after his death. Bentley made a particularly important scholarly contribution through his discovery that a sound represented in transcriptions of some Greek dialects by the digammaa letter not used in the modern Greek alphabet was present in certain Homeric Greek words, though not represented by any letter when the words were written.
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