North American Scholar

ALEXANDER, William Hardy

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1878-06-28
  • Born City: Ottawa
  • Born State/Country: ON
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1962-03-18
  • Death City: Edmonton
  • Death State/Country: AB
  • Education:

    B.A. U. Toronto, 1899; M.A. U. California, 1900; Ph.D., 1906; LL.D. U. Alberta, 1933.

  • Professional Experience:

    Prof. Lat. U. Western Ontario, 1906-8; prof, class. U. Alberta, 1908-38; dean faculties, 1936-8; prof. Lat. U. California, Berkeley, 1938-48; asso. ed. U. California Press, 1948-56; fell. Royal Soc. Can., 1936; pres. CAPS (Central Section), 1940-1; pres. APA, 1948-9.

  • Dissertation:

    "Adversaria Critica in Suetonii De Vita Caesarum Librum Octavum" (California, 1906).

  • Publications:

    College and Religion: Talks to College Students by a College Teacher (Boston, 1920); "A Difficult Passage in Seneca, Epist. Mor. 40.9-10," AJP 53 (1932) 262-4, Notes and Emendations to the Epistulae Morales ofL. Annaeus Seneca. Pubis. Univ. Alberta (Edmonton, 1932); "Notes on the Text of Seneca's Letters," CQ 26 (1932) 158-60; "Critical Notes: Seneca's Dialogi I-VI," AJP 54 (1933) 353-61; "Notes on the De Beneficiis of Seneca," CQ 28 (1934) 34-55; Notes and Emendations to the Twelve Dialogues of Seneca, Pubis. Univ. Alberta (Edmonton, 1934); "Critical Notes: Seneca's Dialogi VII-XII," AJP 56 (1935) 216-24; "Some Debated Passages in the Text of Seneca's De Clementia," CP 31 (1936) 348-53; "Further Notes on the Text of Seneca's De beneficiis," CQ 31 (1937) 55-60; "Three Emendations in Cicero's Letters," AJP 60 (1939) 470-2; The Sieur de Montaigne and Cicero, Univ. Toronto Quarterly 9 (Toronto, 1940); "Seneca's Epist. Mor.: The Text Emended and Explained," UCPCP 12: 5 (1940) 57-88; "Four Suggestions for Seneca, Epist. Mor. 104," AJP 62 (1941) 485-9; "Julius Caesar in the Pages of Seneca the Philosopher," TRSC ser. 3, sect. 2, 25 (1941) 15-28; "The Enigma of Horace's Mother," CP 37 (1942) 385-97; "Seneca's Dial. 6,11,12 (Consolationes): The Text Emended and Explained," UCPCP 13, 2 (1944) 9-48; "The Professoriate in Imperial Gaul (297 A.D.)," TRSC ser. 3, sect. 2, 38 (1944) 37-57; "War in the Aeneid," CJ 40 (1944-5) 261-73; Seneca's Dialogues I, II, VII, VIII, IX, X: The Text Emended and Explained, UCPCP 13, 3 (1945) 49-92; "Seneca the Philosopher in Account with Roman History," TRSC ser. 3, sect. 2, 41 (1948) 20-46; Seneca De Beneficiis libri VII: The Text Emended and Explained, UCPCP 14, 1 (Berkeley, 1950); "Maius Opus (Aeneid 7-12)," (APA Presidential Address), UCPCP 14, 5 (1951) 193-214; "The Enquete on Seneca's Treason," CP 47 (1952) 1-6; "The Communique to the Senate on Agrippina's Death," CP 49 (1954) 94-7; "Aeneid I, 462: A New Approach," AJP 15 (1954) 395-400.

  • Notes:

    William Hardy Alexander's chief work was on the text and interpretation of Seneca and in extending knowledge of the Classics through translation. Following a full career in Canada, he came to Berkeley at the age of 60 and began to publish the works by which he is known. His affinity for Seneca's ethical thought combined with his long experience of teaching enabled him to understand and explain difficult passages. He was an effective chairman, owing to his friendly, jovial, vigorous personality and generous nature, and a lively teacher.

  • Sources:

    Fontenrose, 56-7; In Memoriam, Academic Senate, University of California (Berkeley, 1963) 3-6.

  • Author: Arthur E. Gordon