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Durham University

Department of Classics and Ancient History


Prof. Michael Stokes's books arrive in the Departmental Library

(2 August 2013)

The Departmental Library has just received a donation of 49 boxes of books bequeathed to us by Michael Stokes, Professor of Greek here at Durham from 1974 to 1993. Prof. Stokes was one of the world's leading ancient philosophers, and continued to be so until his death in May last year. His daughter Kathleen writes, "It would have given Dad very great pleasure to know that the books were accepted by the Department and were there for the Classics students and staff in Durham. It is quite an amazing library - I studied Classics to A level and so have some idea what it is all about. I know Dad was particularly proud to have some books which had been owned by scholars from the generation which taught him at Cambridge, and so perhaps some of the students will have that same feeling."

With this donation, Durham can comfortably claim to have one of the best ancient philosophy libraries in the country. Our stocks in literature and history have also expanded. This is the third major donation this year, and a project to sort and catalogue both old stock and new arrivals is underway. New and returning students will be able to make use of a fantastic set of resources when the library is relaunched in the autumn.