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Professor John O Ward (1940-2023)

Professor John O Ward (1940-2023)

ISHR also notes and mourns the passing of John Ward, Emeritus Professor at the University of Sidney, who passed away in April 2023.  A great scholar, John Ward was also for many years one of the most engaged and entertaining participants in ISHR’s biennial meetings, and likely the furthest travelled.

Jon Ward published Classical Rhetoric in the Middle Ages: The Medieval Rhetors and Their Art 400-1300, with Manuscript Survey to 1500 Ce in 2018.  A lovely tribute to him can be found on his Department’s website at, where he is honoured inter alia as a “humorous utterer of unpalatable truths.”


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