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Welles, Charles Bradford (09 August 1901–08 October 1969), ancient historian, epigraphist, and papyrologist, was born in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, the son of Charles Thomas Welles, a Hartford banker, and Edith Smith. He was educated at public high school in Hartford, Phillips Exeter Academy for a postgraduate year, and Yale (B.A., 1924; Ph.D. in classics, 1928). The decisive event of his career occurred with the arrival at Yale in 1925 of ...

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Westermann, William Linn (15 September 1873–04 October 1954), ancient historian and papyrologist, was born in Belleville, Illinois, the son of Louis Westermann, a store clerk, and Emma Tyndale. He attended the University of Nebraska from 1890 to 1896 (B.A., 1894; M.A., 1896). He returned to Illinois to teach Latin for three years at Decatur High School, but then revealed greater ambition by enrolling as a student of classical philology at the University of Berlin, in what he called the land of his ancestors. In Berlin and in Heidelberg, where he spent one semester, he studied with some of the leading classical scholars of the day, especially with Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff and Hermann Diels, who were exacting masters. The product was the brief dissertation, “De Hippocratis in Galeno memoria quaestiones” (Berlin, 1902), notable for its incidental declaration that he was without religious faith....