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Gordon, Arthur Ernest (07 October 1902–11 May 1989), Latin epigraphist, was born in Marlborough, Massachusetts, the son of Arthur Ernest Gordon, a storekeeper, and Susan Esther Porter. Growing up in modest circumstances, Gordon attended Dartmouth College (1919–1923) and, on the receipt of an A.B. in Latin, was sent on a Dartmouth fellowship to the American Academy in Rome (1923–1925). In 1924 he married Maddalena Belloni, with whom he had one child....

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Morley, Sylvanus Griswold (07 June 1883–02 September 1948), Maya archaeologist and epigrapher, was born in Chester, Pennsylvania, the son of Colonel Benjamin Franklin Morley, a professor of chemistry, and Sarah Eleanor Constance de Lannoy. When Morley was ten years old, the family moved to Buena Vista, Colorado, where he began to express serious interest in archaeology. He nevertheless attended the Pennsylvania Military College and received a degree in civil engineering in 1904, a year after his father’s death; he then immediately enrolled at Harvard University to study archaeology. Under the tutelage of ...