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Philip Sherrard

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Philip Owen Arnould Sherrard was born on [[September 23]], 1922 in Oxford. His family had many connections with the literary world of the period: his mother, Brynhild Olivier, had been a member of Rupert Brooke's circle before the First World War, and his half-sister was married to Quentin Bell, the nephew of Virginia Woolf. He was educated at Dauntsey's School and at Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he obtained a degree in History.<br><br> Sherrard first came to Greece as a soldier after the liberation of Athens in 1946 <ref>[ PHILIP SHERRARD 1922–1995]</ref>. The culture and traditional way of life of the country made a profound impression on him, and shortly thereafter he met and married his first wife, Anna Mirodia. Sherrard served as Assistant Director of the British School of Archaeology at Athens in 1951-52, and again in 1957-62, during which period he came to recognise the spiritual wealth of the Orthodox tradition. He was[[baptism|baptized]] into the [[Orthodox Church]] in 1956.<ref>[ PHILIP SHERRARD 1922–1995]</ref>. In the same year his doctoral thesis on the Greek poets Solomos, Palamas, Cavafy, Angelos Sikelianos, and Seferis (King's College, London) was published as ''The Marble Threshing Floor''.<br>
In 1959 Sherrard bought part of disused magnesite mine near the small shipping town of Limni in the island of Evia. He planted trees and plants where the former mine installations had been, and helped to restore the homes of the former directors who had lived there before the mine was abandoned at the outbreak of the Second World War. In 1970 he accepted a lectureship in the History of the Orthodox Church, a post attached jointly to King's College, London and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES). After his resignation in 1977, he moved back to Greece, where Limni now became his permanent home. In 1979 he married his second wife, the publisher Denise Harvey. They endeavoured as far as possible to live a simple life according to the principles of the Orthodox Church, without many of the conveniences of modern living, such as electricity and the telephone.<br>
In 1980, together with Keith Critchlow, Brian Keeble, and the poet Kathleen Raine, he was one of the founding members of the journal ''Temenos'', a review devoted to the 'arts of the imagination'. This eventually led to the foundation of the teaching organization, the ''Temenos Academy'', based in London.
He died in London on [[May 30]], 1995 at the age of 72, and was buried near the Orthodox [[chapel]] he had had built on his property.<ref>[;col1 OBITUARY: Philip Sherrard]</ref>.

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