Archæologia Græca

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Archæologia Græca: or, The Antiquities of Greece

by John Potter

Archæologia Græca

Title page from Archæologia Græca, volume one, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author John Potter
Published London: Printed for J. Knapton, R. Knaplock, J. and B. Sprint, D. Midwinter, A. Bettesworth, R. Robinson, W. and J. Innys, J. Osborne, T. Longman, W. Mears, and A. Ward
Date 1728
Edition 5th
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Volumes 2 volume set
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John Potter (1673/4-1747) was born in Yorkshire, England. Potter spent much of his early life in education, learning at both Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, and University College, Oxford. His years in Oxford led him to join the Church of England and abandon the Presbyterian faith of his father which led to a complete breach with his family. 1694 saw Potter's election as Yorkshire fellow of Lincoln College; he remained in that position until 1706.[1] During his time at Lincoln College, around the age of twenty-four, Potter became a rector. Further clerical positions followed, deacon, ordained priest, chaplain to the archbishop of Canterbury, and bishop of Oxford. In 1737, he was appointed archbishop of Canterbury, a position he held until his death ten years later.[2]
Illustration from volume two.

Potter published several works on the rights of the church in which he opposed contemporary efforts at reform. In addition to these, Potter, skilled in Greek and very interested in classical history, enjoyed a noted reputation for his historical works on ancient Greece such as Archæologia Græca. Originally published in 1697 and 1698, Archæologia Græca has been praised thus, "The warm eulogies of Gronovius attest the merit of this celebrated work. Potter ... had of course availed himself of the writings of Meursius, but he has also contributed to supersede them."[3]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Previous owner's signature on opening chapter.

Bound in contemporary tooled paneled calf with red calf spine labels and the title page printed in red & black. Contains 31 copper engraved plates and a dollop of impressed red sealing wax on each front pastedown. Purchased from Kenneth Karmiole, Bookseller, Inc.

View this book in William & Mary's online catalog.

External Links

Volume 1:Google Books
Volume 2:Google Books


  1. Rebecca Louise Warner, [ "Potter, John (1673/4–1747)" in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004- ) , accessed October 24, 2013.
  2. Encyclopedia Britannica Online, s.v. “archbishop of Canterbury,” accessed October 18, 2013,
  3. Henry Hallam, Introduction to the Literature of Europe from the Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth Centuries, 4th ed. (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1854), 3:254.