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The Regius Professorship of Greek is one of the oldest professorships at the University of Cambridge. The Regius Professor chair was founded by Henry VIII in 1540 with a stipend of £40 per year, subsequently increased in 1848 by a canonry of Ely Cathedral.
According to a grant of 1590, the office of Regius Professor of "Greke" at Cambridge has a coat of arms with the following blazon: Per chevron argent and sable, in chief the two Greek letters Alpha and Omega of the second, and in base a cicado (grasshopper) of the first, on a chief gules a lion passant guardant Or, charged on the side with the letter G sable. The crest has an owl.