Meritt, Benjamin Dean
- Ronald S. Stroud
Meritt, Benjamin Dean (31 March 1899–07 July 1989), ancient historian and epigraphist, was born in Durham, North Carolina, the son of Arthur Herbert Meritt, professor of Greek and Latin at Trinity College (now Duke University), and Cornelia Dean. After receiving his A.B. from Hamilton College in 1920, Meritt attended the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (1920–1922). He received his M.A. (1923) and Ph.D. (1924) from Princeton University. From 1923 to 1926 he taught Greek at the University of Vermont, Brown, and Princeton, before returning to Athens as assistant director of the American School (1926–1928). In Greece Meritt traveled extensively, excavated at Corinth and Nemea, reconstructed—with A. B. West—the inscribed tribute-quota lists of the Athenian Empire, and published his first book on the Athenian calendar....