Robin Nisbet

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Robert George Murdoch "Robin" Nisbet, FBA (/ˈnɪzbɪt/; 21 May 1925 – 14 May 2013), known as R. G. M. Nisbet, was a British classicist and academic, specialising in Latin literature. From 1970 to 1992, he was Corpus Christi Professor of Latin at the University of Oxford.[1][2]

Robin Nisbet
Born(1925-05-21)21 May 1925
Died14 May 2013(2013-05-14) (aged 87)
Academic background
EducationGlasgow University
Balliol College, Oxford
Academic work
DisciplineLatin Literature
InstitutionsCorpus Christi College, Oxford
Doctoral studentsR. J. Tarrant
Main interestsHorace

He was the son of Robert G. Nisbet, who was also a classicist, lecturing at the University of Glasgow for 35 years,[3][4] and author of a commentary on Cicero's speech De domo sua (1939).

Robin Nisbet was educated at the Glasgow Academy, then as an undergraduate at the University of Glasgow from 1943–47, before going to Balliol College, Oxford, as Snell Exhibitioner to take a further undergraduate degree. After graduating in 1951 he moved to Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he was appointed a fellow in 1952.[3] He was made a Fellow of the British Academy in 1987.[2]

Selected worksEdit

  • Nisbet, R. G. M. (1961). M. Tulli Ciceronis in L. Calpurnium Pisonem oratio. Edited with text, introduction, and commentary. (Reprinted in paperback by the Clarendon Press 1987 ISBN 978-0198721314)
  • Nisbet, R. G. M.; Hubbard, Margaret (1970). A commentary on Horace: Odes, Book I. Oxford: Clarendon Press. ISBN 978-0198144397.
  • Nisbet, R. G. M.; Hubbard, Margaret (1978). A commentary on Horace: Odes, Book 2. Oxford: Clarendon Press. ISBN 978-0198144526.
  • Nisbet, R. G. M. (1995). Harrison, S. J. (ed.). Collected papers on Latin literature. Oxford: Clarendon Press. ISBN 978-0198149484.
  • Nisbet, R. G. M.; Rudd, Niall (2004). A commentary on Horace: Odes, Book 3. Oxford: Clarendon Press. ISBN 978-0199263141.


  1. ^ "Professor Robin Nisbet". The Times. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b Harrison, S.J. Robin George Murdoch Nisbet 1925-2013. Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the British Academy, XIII, 365–382.
  3. ^ a b University of Glasgow official website
  4. ^ Harrison, Stephen (2013). "Robin Nisbet" (PDF). CUCD Bulletin. Council of University Classical Departments. 42: 1–2. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Sir Roger Mynors
Corpus Christi Professor of Latin
University of Oxford

1970 to 1992
Succeeded by
Michael Winterbottom