Biographical Dictionary Of North American Classicists

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While European scholarship in the Classics has a long and established tradition, very little has been written on the history of classical scholarship in North America. By providing profiles of some 600 North American Classicists, this reference book presents a starting point for defining the history of Classical scholarship in Canada and the United States. Included are those Classicists who made significant contributions to the field and those who are representative figures.

The people profiled were either born in the United States or Canada, or were born in other countries but had careers in North America. They were either founding fathers of the profession, scholars known more for their specialized contributions, or members of smaller or remote institutions who achieved at least regional distinction for their work. The first part of each entry provides basic biographical and professional information. A narrative summary of the person's career follows, and each profile closes with a short bibliography. The entries are arranged in alphabetical order and were written by expert contributors.

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Provides a portrait in biography of the profession in the US and Canada, with 600 entries on eminent deceased classicists, by 172 contributors, representing some 188 different institutions. The entries have a consistent format of three parts. The first contains vital information. The second part is a summary of the subject's career and influence, including personal information as necessary or interesting, usually one or two paragraphs total. The third part lists the dissertation, major or representative publications, and published and unpublished sources on the subject's life. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313245602
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/1994
  • Pages: 878
  • Lexile: 1030L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.81 (d)

Meet the Author

WARD W. BRIGGS, JR. is Professor of Classics at the University of South Carolina.

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Table of Contents


Classical Scholarship in America: An Introductory Essay, William M. Calder II

Classical Scholarship in Canada, Alexander G. McKay



Biographical Entries

Chronological Arrangement of Subjects


Last Degree Earned

Colleges and Universities Represented

General Bibliography of Works on American Classical Scholarship


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