Then, in 1955, came a turning point in Dover’s career. To the surprise of many (in both north and south) he accepted appointment as Professor of Greek at the University of St. Andrews, electing to leave a comfortable niche in a well-populated classical environment and instead to face the challenge of heading a tiny Greek department, albeit one with a long and distinguished history. It is remarkable – and will seem incredible to today’s academics, harried by constant demands for continuing publication – that at that time Dover had published no books at all (unless we count his revision, 1954, of Denniston’s Greek Particles) and only a few articles. However, the appointment was visionary: books soon began to pour out and the stream continued over many decades. The very first was Greek Word Order (1960), an austerely precise linguistic study matched by the very last, The Evolution of Greek Prose Style (1997).