North American Scholar

BOLLING, George Melville

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1871-04-13
  • Born City: Baltimore
  • Born State/Country: MD
  • Parents: William Nicholls & Hannah Lamb Bonham B.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1963-06-02
  • Death City: Princeton
  • Death State/Country: NJ
  • Married: Irene Johnson, 8 September 1898. Educ: A.B. Loyola College (Baltimore), 1891; Ph.D. Johns Hopkins, 1896.
  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. Sanskrit & comp. philol. Catholic U., 1895-1913; Henry E. Johnson, Jr. scholar Johns Hopkins, 1913-14; prof. Gk. Ohio State, 1914-39; founder & pres. Ling. Soc. Am., 1932; ed. Language, 1925-39; gold cross of the Knights of the Redeemer (Greek) for services in connection with the boundaries of Thrace at the close of World War I, 1919.

  • Dissertation:

    "The Participle in Hesiod" (Johns Hopkins, 1896).

  • Publications:

    "Latin -astro-," AJP 18 (1897) 70-3; "An Epic Fragment from Oxyrhynchus," AJP 22 (1901) 63-9; Kafroi with the Participle," AJP 23 (1902) 319-21; "The Beginning of the Greek Day," ibid., 428-35; "Contributions to the Study of Homeric Metre," AJP 28 (1907) 401-10, 33 (1912) 401-25, 34 (1913) 152-71; "The Archetype of our^Jiad and the Papyri," AJP 35 (1914) f25-48; "Latest Expansions of the liad," AJP 37 (1916) 1-30; "Latest Expansions of the Odyssey," ibid., 452-8; "Vulgate Homeric Papyri," AJP 42 (1921) 253-9; The External Evidence for Interpolation in Homer (Oxford, 1925); The Athetized Lines of the Iliad (Baltimore, 1944); "On Editing the Homeric Poems," AJP 70 (1949) 367-75; Ilias Atheniensium: The Athenian Iliad of the 6th Century B.C., Spec. Publ. APA (Lancaster, PA, 1950); "Plato's Homer," AJP 76 (1955) 82-5; "Kara b' opnia mora irciTTfaav. A 157," ibid., 306-8; "Notes on Corinna," AJP 77 (1956) 282-7; "NTKTOE AMOArOI," AJP 79 (1958) 165-72; "TlouciXog and Qpova," ibid., 275-82; "The Development of aii4>inax£o6ai" AJP 81 (1960) 77-9; "Textual Notes on the Lesbian Poets," AJP 82 (1961) 151-63.

  • Notes:

    George Melville Boiling was one of America's two most important Homeric scholars. His interest as a linguist in Homer's language developed into a study of the transmission of Homer's text. He established the text of Aristarchus (ca. 150 B.C.) by eliminating lines not securely attested in the ancient papyri. He reconstructed the sixth-century B.C. Athenian text that lies at the base of our tradition by assuming that the great Alexandrian scholars of the third and second centuries B.C. athetized lines that were absent from manuscripts known to them. His work won the admiration of Sir Denys Page, Rudolf Pfeiffer, and Stephanie West in Europe, but has been lamentably neglected in America.

  • Sources:

    NYTimes (3 June 1963) 29; WhAm 5:72.

  • Author: E. Christian Kopff