Biographical Dictionary of North American Classicists (Google eBook)

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Ward W. Briggs
Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 800 pages
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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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Contents

Preface
xi
An Introductory Essay
xix
Classical Scholarship in Canada
xl
List of Entries
lxv
List of Abbreviations
lxxii
BIOGRAPHICAL ENTRIES
1
Chronological Arrangement of Subjects
737
Colleges and Universities Represented
744
Last Degree Earned
754
General Bibliography of Works on American Classical Scholarship
763
Index
766
Contributors
786
Copyright

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

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