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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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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 ...