SAYCE, A. H. (ARCHIBALD HENRY), 1845-1933.
MANUSCRIPT NUMBER 264
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CITATION: A. H. Sayce Letters, MSS 264, Archives and Manuscripts Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.
Archibald Henry Sayce was born in Shirehampton, England, on September
25, 1845. Despite poor health as a child, Sayce was reading Greek classics
by the age of ten. In 1858, he began studying Hebrew. Sayce entered
Oxford in 1865 where his education was hampered by poor eyesight and failing
health. He earned his degree, however, and was elected a fellow and
lecturer at Oxford in 1869 and was ordained the following year. Sayce
remained a professor at Oxford the rest of his career with substantial sabbaticals.
He studied in the Sudan from 1908 to1910 and in the Far East from 1911 to
1912. Sayce resigned his professorship in 1915. He died on February
Sayce was known as a student of Ancient Near Eastern civilization and culture, a philologist and Orientalist. He is best known for his work The History of Hebrews. Also of note is Sayce’s work with the Assyrian language.
This collection consists of ten letters written between 1876 and 1918 by Sayce to various colleagues and friends. Some letters are regarding the publication of an Assyrian grammar. Others deal with publications on Ancient Near Eastern civilization, culture, and linguistics. The remaining notes are of a more personal nature.