North American Scholar

BARBER, Grove Ettinger

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1843-11-01
  • Born City: Freedom Township, Portage County
  • Born State/Country: OH
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1931-04-25
  • Death City: Lincoln
  • Death State/Country: NE
  • Education:

    B.A. Hiram Coll., 1871; M.A., 1874.

  • Professional Experience:

    Prof. Lat. Hiram Coll., 1872-81; prof. Lat. U. Nebraska, 1882-1923; pres. CAMWS, 1912-3.

  • Publications:

    Synopsis of Latin Grammar (Chicago, 1893); The Cap-tivi ofPlautus: Edited with Notes and Stage Directions (Boston, 1911).

  • Notes:

    Grove E. Barber achieved distinction as a teacher of classics and a promoter of classical education at a frontier university. Beginning his education at Hiram College under James A. Garfield (later President of the U.S.), he interrupted his studies for the Civil War, in which he served in the 104th Ohio Regiment as a fifer, whose job it was also to help the wounded off the field. His students at Nebraska remembered him particularly for his very popular illustrated lectures on Roman archaeology. The Barber Prize, established in his honor, is still awarded each year to the best undergraduate Greek and Latin students at the University of Nebraska.

  • Sources:

    CJ 27 (1932-3) 76; Robert N. Manley, Centennial History of the University of Nebraska; Vol. I: Frontier University (1869-1919) (Lincoln, 1969).

  • Author: Valdis Leinieks