BOVIE, Smith Palmer

  • BOVIE, Smith Palmer
Date of Birth
Born City
Gallipolis
Born State/Country
OH
Parents
George Frederick & Gladys Carpenter B.
Date of Death
Death City
Somerset
Death State/Country
NJ
Married
Maria E.F. Feiler, 21 September 1946.
EDUCATION

B.A. Princeton, 1940; M.A. Columbia, 1948; Ph.D., 1954.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Instr. Greek & Latin, English Kent School, 1940-1; 1946; insert. English, Columbia, 1946-52; asst. prof. Barnard, 1952-8; vis. asst. prof. classics, Princeton, 1958; asso. prof. Indiana U., 1958-61; prof., 1961-2; prof.-in-charge, summer session, AAR, 1960-2; prof. classics, Rutgers, 1963-89.

DISSERTATION

"Dominant Themes in Virgil's Georgics" (Columbia, 1954).

PUBLICATIONS

“The Imagery of Ascent-Descent in Vergil's Georgics,” AJP 77 (1956) 337-58; “Classical Allusions,” CW 52 (1958) 1-6; “On Translation as a Form of New Criticism,” CJ 55 (1959) 74-80; “Manus: Virgil's Portraiture of Human Hands,” Minnesota Review 4 (1964); Virgil’s Georgics: A Modern English Verse Translation (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1956) REVS:  CW L 1956 44 Duckworth | CR VIII 1958 132-133 Austin | CJ LII 1957 374-375 Copley | Phoenix XI 1957 82-83 Bennett | Latomus XVI 1957 486 Duysinx; The Satires and Epistles, Phoenix Books 39 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1959). REVS: CJ LV 1960 376-378 Swanson | Phoenix XIV 1960 183 Rudd; "Intangibility," (poem,) Atlantic Monthly (April 1961) 76; Martial. Selected Epigrams, trans. R. Humphries; introd. & notes by Bovie, Indiana Univ. Greek & Lat. Class (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1963). REVS: CW LVII 1964 381 Anderson | CPh LX 1965 215-219 Henry & Walker | CJ LX 1965 236 Roberts | CR XV 1965 121 Ker | Latomus XXIV 1965 199 Duysinx; Plautus. The Menaechmi (trans.) (San Francisco: Chandler, 1962); The Poems of Propertius, trans. C. Carrier (intro., notes & glossary) Indiana University Greek & Latin Classics (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1963). REVS: CW LVII 1964 280 Suits | CJ LX 1964 33 Rutledge | Latomus XXIV 1965 198 Duysinx | CPh LX 1965 215-219 Henry & Walker ; CB XLII 1966 93 Hebein; Nine Orations and the Dream of Scipio (trans.)  (New York: New American Library, 1967). REVS: CW LXII 1968 30 Kennedy; Five Roman Comedies (trans. with J. Burroway, C. Carrier & D. Parker D.) (New York: Dutton, 1970); 500 Epigrams of Martial (trans. & intro.) (New York: New American Library, 1970). REVS: ACR II 1972 74 Hunt; The Complete Comedies of Terence. Modern Verse Translations (ed.) (trans. with C. Carrier & D. Parker) (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1974). REVS: CW LXIX 1976 349-350 Leach; Lucretius. On the Nature of Things (trans.) (New York: New American Library, 1974); Terence, The Comedies (trans. with C. Carrier & D. Parker) Complete Roman Drama in Translation (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992). REVS: CW 87 1993-1994 248 E. de Angeli; Plautus, The Comedies 1, 2, 3 & 4, ed. with David R. Slavitt (preface) trans. Constance Carrier et al., Complete Roman Drama in Translation (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995). REVS: CO 1995-1996 73 (2): 75-77 Elaine Fantham | ElectronAnt 1995-1997 3 (3): n. p. Elaine Fantham | NECN 1996-1997 24 (1): 38-40 William M. Owens | CR 1998 N. S. 48 (2): 301-303 Susanna Morton Braund | CW 1998-1999 92 (1): 84-85 Zola M. Packman | BMCRev 1996 7 (3) : 239-244 George Fredric Franko Titre(s); Menander, ed. & trans. with David R. Slavitt, Penn Greek Drama Series (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998). REVS:  BMCRev 1999 10: n. p. Wilfred E. Major | Emerita 2000 68 (1): 156-158 Mónica Elías Pérez; Aeschylus 2: The Persians, Seven against Thebes, The Suppliants, Prometheus Bound, Penn Greek Drama Series, ed. with David R. Slavitt (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999);  Euripides 1: Medea, Hecuba, Andromache, The Bacchae, ed. with David R. Slavitt, Penn Greek Drama Series (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998). REVS: Emerita 2000 68 (1): 156-158 Mónica Elías Pérez | NECN 1998-1999 26 (2): 51-55 Stephen Esposito; Euripides 2: Hippolytus, Suppliant Women, Helen, Electra, Cyclops, ed. with David R. Slavitt, Penn Greek Drama Series (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998). REVS: BMCRev 1998 9 (8): n. p. C. W. Marshall | NECN 1998-1999 26 (2): 51-55 Stephen Esposito; Euripides 3: Alcestis, Daughters of Troy, The Phoenician Women, Iphigenia at Aulis, Rhesus, ed. with David R. Slavitt, Penn Greek Drama Series (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998); Euripides 4: Ion, Children of Heracles, The Madness of Heracles, Iphigenia in Tauris, Orestes, ed. with David R. Slavitt, Penn Greek Drama Series (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999). REVS: BMCRev 2000 (8): n. p. Sarah K. Torrence; Sophocles 1: Ajax, Women of Trachis, Electra, Philoctetes, ed. with David R. Slavitt, Penn Greek Drama Series (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998). REVS: Emerita 2000 68 (1): 156-158 Mónica Elías Pérez | BMCRev 2000 (3): n. p. Dale Grote; Sophocles 2: King Oedipus, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone, ed. with David R. Slavitt, Penn Greek Drama Series (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999); Aristophanes. 1: Acharnians (trans. Jack Flavin), Peace (trans. Fred Beake), Celebrating Ladies (trans. David R. Slavitt), Wealth (trans.) Penn Greek Drama Series (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998).

NOTES

Palmer Bovie, known in college as "Bov," wrote, "I always wanted a...teaching career, and I managed to have one come my way, so I have no complaints." After graduating from Lawrenceville, Bovie graduated from Princeton with honors in the first group of the broadly based Special Program in the Humanities. He was a member of Phi Beta Kapp, the Princetonian board, and a member of Dial Lodge. After a year of teaching in a prep school, Bovie joined the Army for the duration of World War II. His first jobs were in English, but when he got to Indiana he concentrated on classics and became one of the most prolific translators of classical literature of his generation. He translated the great Latin poets Virgil, Horace, Lucretius, and Martial (omitting only Ovid), but his specialty was the translation of drama, both Latin and Greek, and the editing of comprehensive collections of translations (including his own) of all Greek and Roman drama.  

SOURCES

WhWasWh 41 (1980-1) 2714.

AUTHOR
Ward W. Briggs, Jr.