An academic has left more than £2m in his will to revive a university post that has been dormant since he retired more than a decade ago.
Glasgow University announced last week that it will re-establish its Chair of Greek professorship later this year, after receiving a bequest from Professor Douglas MacDowell.
Prof MacDowell died last January at the age of 78. He was said to have had a "huge influence" on the way Greek is taught at the institution and was the last person to hold the title, which lapsed when he retired in 2001.
Matthew Fox, professor of classics at the university, said: "Professor MacDowell had a huge influence on the teaching and understanding of Greek during his time in the role.
"Although the study of Greek has lessened in popularity over the last 40 years or so, we've seen a renewed interest in the subject from students in the last few years and the appointment to a new chair will allow the university to strengthen its excellent reputation for Greek.
"The call for applications for the chair will go out far and wide and we're confident we'll be able to attract a candidate who will help to develop the teaching and study of Greek at the university in a manner which befits Professor MacDowell's legacy."
Professor MacDowell was involved in setting up the current undergraduate Greek degree during his 30 years as chair.
The professor stated in his will that his portfolio of stock and shares, valued at around £2.4m, should be used to re-establish the Chair of Greek at the university.
The university said the position will be advertised this spring and it expects to have appointed a new chair by the beginning of the academic year in September.
Professor Alexander Garvie, a colleague of Prof MacDowell and one of the executors of his will, said: "Douglas was a tremendous scholar and took great pride in his accomplishments at the University of Glasgow.
"His bequest is a reflection of the strong connection he felt to the university and his desire to ensure that it remained a centre of excellence for the teaching and study of Greek.
"The bequest is the final act of generosity in a life which was spent supporting study of the subject. Several impoverished students benefited from anonymous grants from Douglas to allow them to continue their studies while he held the chair, and the gift of his wealth is perfectly in keeping with his character."
Professor MacDowell was the 13th Chair of Greek at the university since the position was founded in 1704. Born in 1931, he studied at Balliol College, Oxford, and made his mark on the study of Greek at the Manchester University before moving to Glasgow.