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Gildersleeve, Basil Lanneau (23 October 1831–09 January 1924), classicist and founding editor of the American Journal of Philology, classicist and founding editor of the American Journal of Philology, was born in Charleston, South Carolina, the son of the Reverend Benjamin Gildersleeve, editor of religious newspapers, and Emma Louisa Lanneau. Born at the height of Charleston’s eminence in American life, Gildersleeve, who could read Greek at age five, led his life according to values of independence, high culture, and regionalism that he felt were shared by ancient Greece and the old South....

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Highet, Gilbert (22 June 1906–20 January 1978), classicist and critic, was born Gilbert Arthur Highet in Glasgow, Scotland, the son of Gilbert Highet, a superintendent of telegraphs, and Elizabeth Boyle. He matriculated at Glasgow University in 1925, receiving a B.A. with highest honors in Greek and Latin (1928) and an M.A. (1929). From Glasgow he went up as Snell Exhibitioner to Balliol College, Oxford. At Oxford he was strongly influenced by three distinguished classicists, Gilbert Murray, C. M. Bowra, and Cyril Bailey. Here, as at Glasgow, he demonstrated the range of his interests by publishing poetry, fiction, and reviews in university literary magazines and was also active in experimental theater. He took the Oxford B.A. with a double first in classics in 1932....

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Lattimore, Richmond Alexander (06 May 1906–26 February 1984), classicist, translator, and poet, was born in Paotingfu, China, the son of David Lattimore and Margaret Barnes, teachers. In 1920 Lattimore came to the United States with his parents from China, where his parents had gone to teach. After attending high school, he received his A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1926 and his M.A. from the University of Illinois in 1927, becoming an assistant professor at Wabash College. He won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford in 1929, where he earned a First in Greats in 1932, then returned to Illinois and received his Ph.D. in 1935. In 1934 he was made a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, where he met Alice Bockstahler, whom he married the following year. They had two children. Lattimore became an assistant professor at Bryn Mawr College where he remained until his retirement, except for military service in World War II (1943–1946) and various visiting fellowships and professorships. He was a Fulbright scholar in Greece in 1951–1952, an award that was won despite the fact that at this time his older brother, ...

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Parry, Milman (20 June 1902–03 December 1935), scholar, was born in Oakland, California, the son of Isaac Milman Parry, a pharmacist, and Alice Emerson. Although he entered the University of California at Berkeley in 1918 to study chemistry, he graduated in 1922 with a B.A. in classics, followed the next year by an M.A. in classics. In 1923 he married Marian Thanhauser, with whom he had two children: Marian Parry (Feld), an artist, and Adam Milman Parry, also a classicist, who taught at Yale University and edited his father’s collected works....

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Peck, Harry Thurston (24 November 1856–23 March 1914), classical scholar and writer, was born in Stamford, Connecticut, the son of Harry Peck, a schoolteacher, and Harriet Elizabeth Thurston. Enamored by books, he damaged his eyes by reading by candlelight late at night when his parents thought he was sleeping. At Columbia College he was conspicuous for his mental keenness, making its ...