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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA Enk
ENK, Professor Petrus Johannes (1885-1960)
15th century, 1894-1960
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
6 boxes


Name of creator(s)

Enk, Petrus Johannes, 1885-1960, Professor of Latin

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1885; Professor Ordinarius of Latin language and literature, University of Groningen, Netherlands; Vice President of the British Classical Association; died 1960.Publications: Ad propertii carmina commentarius criticus (Zutphen, 1911); Gratti Cynegeticon quae supersunt of Faliscus Gratius (Zutphen, 1918); Handboek der latijnsche letterkunde (Zutphen, 1928-37); Plauti Mercato (A W Sijthoff, 1932); Propertii Elegiarum of Sextus Propertius (1946); Plauti Truculentus of Titus Maccius Plautus (1953); Catalogus librorum quos M. Tullius Cicero : scripsit eorumque qui de ipso eisque agunt qui libri omnes veneunt in aedibus E. J. Brill bibliopolae leidensis (Brill, Leiden, 1958).

Archival history

The 15th century manuscript of Statius' Thebais was, according to an inscription in the front cover, purchased by Enk on 31 January 1942 in an auction at 'J F Boyers Antiquariaat, N. V.'. The manuscript contains the reference 'Phillips ms 9088'.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The Enk papers were among the Professor Enk's library, comprising some 14,000 books and pamphlets, purchased by King's College London Library in 1961.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Enk, mainly comprising notebooks, relating to his work in school and college on classical texts and Latin literature, (predominantly 1894-1907), including notes on and partial translations into Dutch of the Annals of Publius Cornelius Tacitus, the Metamorphoses of Publius Ovidius Naso, the works of Marcus Tullius Cicero, the Elegiae of Sextus Propertius, the Carmina of Giovanni Pascoli; working papers, 1876-1923, of Enk's former teacher, Professor Jacobus Johannes Hartman of Leiden (1851-1924), mainly comprising notebooks and partial translations into Dutch, of the Adelphoe , Andria , and Hecyra of Publius Terentius Afer, the Epistulae Ex Ponto of Publius Ovidius Naso, the Aeneid of Publius Vergilius Maro, the Seven against Thebes of Aeschylus; notebook by Hartman entitled 'Adversaria Lucianen', 1876; manuscript topographical notebook by Hartman entitled 'Romeinsche Antiquiteiten', 1905; press cuttings and obituaries of Hartman (predominantly 1924); correspondence of Enk and Hartman with Dutch, English and German scholars of Latin, [1920s and 1930s]; photographs and illustrations of classical sculpture and architectural sites; typescript inventories of Enk's library of classical texts and pamphlets as at 1 Jun 1960. With bound manuscript of the Thebais by Publius Papinius Statius, in an Italian humanistic script of the late 15th century.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material

Mainly Dutch and Latin, with some English, German and Classical Greek.

Finding aids

Handlist available in hard copy in the College Archives reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

King's College Library Special Collections holds Enk's library of books and pamphlets.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: British Library OPAC; King's College Library OPAC; King's College Calendars, 1962-1964. Compiled by Robert Baxter.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

August 2000

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  • Documents
  • Dutch
  • European history
  • Germanic languages
  • Historical periods
  • History
  • Indo-european languages
  • Information sources
  • Latin
  • National history
  • Newspaper press
  • Press
  • Press cuttings
  • Roman history
  • Translations

Personal names

  • Afer, Publius Terentius, c 190-158 BC, Roman writer, also known as Terence
  • Cicero, Marcus Tullius, 106-43 BC, Roman statesman and Rhetorician, also known as Tully
  • Cornelius Tacitus, Publius, c 56-117, Roman public official and Historian
  • Enk, Petrus Johannes, 1885-1960, Professor of Latin
  • Enk, Petrus Johannes, 1885-1960, Professor of Latin
  • Hartman, Jacobus Johannes, 1851-1924, Professor of Latin
  • Ovid, 43 BC-17 AD, full name Publius Ovidius Naso, Roman poet
  • Pascoli, Giovanni, 1855-1912, Italian poet
  • Propertius, Sextus, c 50-16 BC, Roman poet
  • Statius, Publius Papinius, 45-96, Roman poet
  • Virgil, 70-19 BC, Roman poet

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives

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