Rev. Richard Bentley


The classical philologist Richard Bentley studied at Wakefield and St. John's College Cambridge (B.A. 1680, M.A. 1683, D.D. 1696). He was was master of Spalding School (1682-83), chaplain and tutor in Bishop Stillingfleet's family (1683-95), Prebendary of Westminster (1692), Boyle lecturer (1692); Keeper of the King's Libraries (1694), F.R.S. (1694), Chaplain to the King (1695), and Archdeacon of Ely (1701). At Cambridge Bentley was a contentious Master of Trinity College (1700-42) and Regius Professor of Divinity (1717-42).


1699A Dissertation upon the Epistles of Phalaris.


The folly and unreasonableness of atheism. 1693.
Of revelation and the Messias. 1696.
Callimachi fragmenta a Richardo Bentleio collecta. 1697.
Dissertation upon the Epistles of Phalaris [in Wotton's Reflections]. 1697.
A proposal for building a royal library. 1697.
A dissertation on the Epistles of Phalaris; with an answer. 1699.
Emendationes ad Ciceronis Tusculanas [in Cicero, ed. Davies]. 1709.
Emendationes in Menandri et Philemonis reliquias ex nupera editione Joannis Clerici. 1710.
The present state of Trinity College in Cambridge, in a letter. 1710.
Q. Horatius Flaccus ex recensione et cum notis. 1713.
Q. Horatius Flaccus ad nuperam Richardi Bentleii editionem. 1713.
Remarks upon a late discourse of free-thinking. 1713.
A sermon upon Popery. 1715.
A sermon preached before King George. 1717.
Two letters to Dr. Bentley concerning ... the Greek Testament ... with the doctor's answer. 1717.
Proposals for printing a new edition of the Greek Testament. 1720.
Dr Bentley's proposals ... with a full answer. 1721.
Publii Terentii comodediae, Phaedri fabulae Aesopiae, Publii Syri et aliorum veterum sententiae. 1726.
The case of Trinity College in Cambridge. 1729.
Milton's Paradise lost: a new edition. 1732.
M. Manilii astronomicon, ex recensione. 1739.
M. Annaei Lucani Pharsalia cum notis. 1760.
Epistolae Bentleii, etc., ed. F. G. Craft. 1831.
Works, ed. A. Dyce. 3 vols, 1836-38.
Correspondence, ed. C. Wordsworth. 2 vols, 1842.