North American Scholar

BRIGGS, Ward Wright, Jr.

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1945-11-26
  • Born City: Riverside
  • Born State/Country: CA
  • Parents: Ward W., a physician, & Madge Ravenscroft B.
  • Education:

    B.A. Washington & Lee University, 1967; M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1969; Ph.D., 1974.

  • Professional Experience:

    Teaching Assistant, University of North Carolina, 1970-73; Instructor in Classics, University of South Carolina, 1973-74; asst. prof., 1975–1979; asso. prof. 1979–84; professor. 1984-2006; Carolina Distinguished Professor of Classics, 1996-2006; Louise Fry Scudder Professor of Humanities, 1996-2006; interim asso. provost & dean of undergraduate studies, 1996-97; visiting scholar, University of Virginia, Spring, 1988; visiting prof., University of Colorado, Summer, 1988; Mel Hill Distinguished Visiting Professor, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, 1992-93; member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton 1999-2000; editor Vergilius, 1986-95; The Classical Heritage (Garland) (1992-96); Oklahoma Series in Classical Culture, 1999-2003; editorial board, CJ, 1992-98; CB, 1994-2002; A Companion to the Classical Tradition (Blackwell's), 2004-2007; area editor Encyclopedia of Ancient History, 2013- ; advisory board, Synopsis: Bibliography of Greek Studies, 1994-98; Institute for the Classical Tradition, Boston University, 1993-2003.

  • Dissertation:

    "Repetitions from the Georgics in the Aeneid" (North Carolina, 1974).

  • Publications:

    Books: Narrative and Simile from the Georgics in the Aeneid, (Leiden, 1979) Revs.: CR n.s. 31,1 (1981) 27–28; CO 59 (Dec.–Jan. 1982) 45; JRS 72 (1982) 207–209; Latomus 41 (1982) 489; Salesianum 44 (1982) 547; Concordantia in Varronis Libros De Re Rustica, (Hildesheim, 1983); Concordantia in Catonis Librum De Agri Cultura, (Hildesheim, 1984); Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve: An American Classicist, ed. with H. W. Benario (Baltimore, 1986) Revs.: CR (1986) 357–58; Chronicles of Culture (June 1986) 30–31; CO (Dec.–Jan 1987–1988) 76; Religious Studies Review 14,4 (October 1988) 374; Key Reporter (Winter 1987–1988) 6; LEC (1988) 169–70; AJP 110 (1989) 639–640; LEC 57 (1989) 169–70; The Letters of Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve (Baltimore, 1987) Revs.: CO (May–June 1988) 139; Choice (April 1988); CR (1988) 389–390; G & R (October 1988) 230; CB 64 (1988) 100; History of Education Quarterly (Fall 1988) 493–494; LEC (May 1989) 169–170; JAH (1989) 940–941; JSH 55,2 (May 1989) 344–345; Key Reporter (Winter 1987–1988) 6; Maryland Historical Magazine 83 (Summer 1988) 188; Favonius 2 (1988) 94–95; W&L Alumni Magazine (Jan–Feb. 1988) 22; EMC (1989) 422–426; LEC (1988) 169–70; AJP 110 (1989) 640–644; CP 85 (1990) 167–169; CJ 86,1 (1990–1) 87–8; SC Hist. Mag. 89 (1988) 247–9; Southern Humanities Rev 25 (1991) 286–7; Classical Scholarship: A Biographical Encyclopedia, ed. with W. M. Calder, III (New York, 1990) Revs.: TLS (27 April 1990) 440; NECN&J 18 (Dec. 1990)43–5; Spectrum Review 12-13 (Summer/Fall 1990) 18; College and Research Libraries (September 1990) 432–3; CO 68 (Spring, 1991); NECN 18 (1990) 43–5; BMCR 1 (1990) 45–6; American Reference Books Annual (1991) 452; Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies 52 (1990) 597; Key Reporter 57 (Spring 1992) 11; CR 42 (1992) 174–7; CW 84 (1991) 318; Journal of the History of Ideas (1993) 143-163; Selected Classical Papers of Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve (Atlanta, 1992). Revs.: CO 71 (1993–4) 147; AJP 114 (1993) 619–620; CR (1995) 414–416. Biographical Dictionary of North American Classicists (Westport, CT & London, 1994). RevS.: Bryn Mawr Classical Review 6.1 (1995) 7–10; Pennsylvania Classical Assn. Newsletter (Spring 1994) 2; New England Classical Newsletter 24,2 (Nov. 1996) 78-79; Classical Bulletin (1999) (Polak); The Roosevelt Lectures of Paul Shorey (1913–1914), translated by Edgar C. Reinke, ed. with E. C. Kopff (Hildesheim, 1995); Greek Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 176 (Detroit, 1997); Soldier and Scholar: The Southern Papers of Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve (Charlottesville and London, 1998) Revs.: Choice (July-Aug. 1998); AB Bookman Weekly (29 June 1998) 1744; Southern Partisan (Jan-March 1998) 39-40; Richmond Times-Dispatch (30 June 1998) (Robertson); “’Gildersleeve’ Gives Personal Perspective on the Civil War South,” State 12 April 1998, F5; North Carolina Historical Review 75,4 (Oct. 1998) 493-4 (Cathey); Columbiad (Fall 1998) (Internet) McGehee) Virginia Magazine (1999) 486-7 (Young); Civil War History 45,1 (March 1999) 77-78 (Morrison); Arkansas Historical Quarterly (Spring 1999) 118-19 (Chesson); Southern Historian (Spring 1999) 57-59; Louisiana History 40,3 (1999) 375-7 (Foster); Civil War News (forthcoming) (Engle); Civil War Courier (Jan/Feb. 2001) 40 (Cooling); Year’s Work in English Studies 79 July-Sept. 2001); Roman Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 211 (ed.) (Detroit:, 1999); Ancient Greek and Roman Writers, Concise Dictionary of World Literary Biography, vol. 1 (Detroit, 1999); The Complete Poems of James Dickey (Columbia, SC, 2013) Revs.: Times Literary Supplement (25 Oct. 2013) 23 (Jules Smith); Rain Taxi 18, 3 (Fall 2013) 32 (Tavel). Articles: “Augustan Athletics and the Games of Aeneid V,’’ STADION I,2 (1977), 267–283; “Amatory Elements in Georgics III and Aeneid IV,’’ Selected Proceedings of the Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference (Johnson City, TN, 1977), 7–14; "Eurydice, Venus, and Creusa: A Note on Structure,’’ Vergilius 25 (1979), 43–45; "Virgil and Hellenistic Epic,’’ Aufstieg und Niedergang der Römischen Welt 31,2 (Berlin, 1981), 948–984; ‘’A Bibliography of Virgil’s Eclogues: 1927–1977,’’ Aufstieg und Niedergang der Römischen Welt 31,2 (Berlin, 1981), 1265–1357; ‘’ Marc Connelly,’’ Dictionary of Literary Biography 7,1 (Detroit: Gale, 1981), 124–130; ‘’ Lines Repeated from the Georgics in the Aeneid,’’ CJ 77 (1981–1982), 130–147; "Housman and Polar Errors,’’ AJP 104 (1983), 268–277; "Old School Ties: Aristophanes Clouds 961–1009,’’ CO 61 (1983), 14 (Translation); "B. L. Gildersleeve on Pindar Nemean 3.74–75,’’ GRBS 25 (1984), 233–242; "Marc Connelly,’’ Critical Survey of Drama (La Canada, CA: Salem Press, 1985), 413–422. ‘’ B. L. Gildersleeve and the Greek Anthology,’’ Classical Outlook 63 (1986), 73–76. ‘’ B. L. Gildersleeve at the University of Virginia,’’ in Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve: An American Classicist, ed. Briggs-Benario (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), 9–20. ‘’ ‘Lively Lustre, Kindly Dew,’ William Heberden’s ‘Of Perspiration’,’’ Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 41 (1986), 463–481. ‘’ Index to VERGILIUS 1938–1986’’ Vergilius 33 (1987) 174–205. ‘’ Similitudini,’’ ‘’Ripetizioni,’’ Enciclopedia Virgiliana (Rome 1989), 505–506; 868–870. ‘’ Dowson, Propertius, and Cynara,’’ Classical and Modern Literature 8,2 (Winter 1988), 115–123. ‘’ Vergilius, Through the Years and On,’’ The Vergilian Society of America: The First Fifty Years. VERGILIUS Supp. 3 (1988), 49–50. 135 biographical articles for Biographical Dictionary of North American Classicists (Westport, CT & London: Greenwood Press, 1994) “ Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve’’ Classical Scholarship: A Biographical Encyclopedia (New York, 1990) 93–118. ‘’ Classica Americana: Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve,’’ Classical Outlook 68 (1990) 13–14. ‘’ The Past Lies before Us: CAMWS 1905–2000’’ Classical Journal 86 (1990–1) 268–276. ‘’ Nota Bene’’ in Word Processing for Classicists 2d ed. (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1991). ‘’ The Similes of Aeneid V’’ in The Two Worlds of the Poet, ed. R.M. Wilhelm & H. Jones (Detroit: Wayne State U. Press, 1992) 157–66. ‘’ Prolegomena to the Study of the History of Classical Scholarship in the United States,’’ Classical Bulletin 68 (1992) 7-12. Ovid Advanced Placement passages, Transparent Language (Hollis, NH, 1993). “ Herbert Weir Smyth,” Classical Outlook 72,1 (1994–1995) 12–13. “ Basil L. Gildersleeve: The Formative Influence,” German Influences on Education in the United States to 1917, ed. Henry Geitz, Jürgen Heideking, & Jurgen Herbst (Cambridge & New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994) 245–256. “ Foreword” in Virgil: A Study in Civilized Poetry by Brooks Otis (Norman, OK: U. of Oklahoma Press, 1995) vii-xiii. “ Foreword” in Virgil’s Aeneid I-VI by Clyde Pharr (Wauconda, IL: Bolchazy-Carducci, 1996). “ Foreword” in Gildersleeve’s Latin Grammar by Basil L. Gildersleeve (Wauconda, IL: Bolchazy-Carducci, 1997). “ Abby Leach,” Classical ¬*¬*World 90 (1996-1997) 97-105. “ Callimachus,” Greek Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 176 (Detroit: Gale Research, 1997). “ Alston Hurd Chase,” Classical Outlook 75 (1997-98) 14-15. “ William Watson Goodwin,” Classical Outlook 75 (1997-98) 121-22. “ Cato,” “Columella,” “Manilius” in Roman Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 221 (Detroit: Gale Research, 1999). Seven articles in American National Biography, ed. John A. Garrity and Mark C. Carnes, 24 vols. (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999): “Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve” (9:23-24); “William Watson Goodwin” (9:274-75); “Francis Willey Kelsey” (12:539-40); “Morris Hicky Morgan” (15:853-54); “Arthur Stanley Pease” (17:219-20); “Kirby Flower Smith” (20:244); “Herbert Weir Smyth” (20:328-30). “North American Rhodes Scholar Classicists, 1904-1953,” Text and Tradition: Studies in Greek History & Historiography in Honor of Mortimer Chambers, ed. Ronald Mellor & Lawrence Tritle (Claremont, CA: Regina Books, 1999) 259-285. “ Shorey, Emerson and Wilamowitz: American Idealism and German Wissenschaft,” Journal of the Institute for the Classical Tradition (forthcoming). “ Petronius and Virgil in The Great Gatsby,” International Journal of the Classical Tradition 6,2 (Fall 1999) 225-33. “McCarthyism, Small-College Style: Brooks Otis and the Millett Case,” Classical Bulletin 76,2 (2000) 201-19 “Gildersleeve and M. Carey Thomas,” American Journal of Philology 121 (2000) 629-35. “ ‘Second-Hand Superiority’: Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve and the English,” Polis 19,1-2 (2002) 109-123. “Meyer Reinhold” (Obituary) Gnomon 75 (Fall 2003) 380-2. “Frederic Melvin Wheelock (1902-1987),” Classical Outlook 80 (Winter 2003) 76-9. Charles S. Bryan, Brian K. Wise, Ward W. Briggs, “William Osler and Basil Gildersleeve on Plato’s Eryximachus,” Journal of Medical Biography 11 (2003) 35-40. “One Writer’s Classics: John Updike’s Harvard,” Amphora 2 (2003) 4-8. “Herman Ward Taylor, Jr.” APA Newsletter (April 2004) 8 Eleven articles in The Dictionary of British Classicists, ed. Robert B. Todd, Bristol: Thoemmes Continuum, 2004: William Anthony Camps (152-4), Robert Seymour Conway (196-9), Moses I. Finley (320-3), William Warde Fowler (332-4), James Henry (450-1), Sir Arthur Hirtzel (462), William Francis Jackson Knight (547-9), George Long (589-90), Sir John Edwin Sandys ( 856-9), John Hanbury Angus Sparrow (910-2), Sir Charles Walston (1017-20). “Plutarch: A Note on the Father of Biography,” Plutarch 1,1 (2004) inside front cover. “Does the German Philological Tradition offer a Superior Knowledge of Antiquity to that of British Amateurism?”, History in Dispute, ed. Paul Allen Miller & Charles Platter (Detroit: Manly, 2005) 11-12, 15-18. “Meyer Reinhold in Scoundrel Time,” Classical Bulletin 82, 2 (2006) 81-90 “The Classical Tradition in the United States,” in A Companion to the Classical Tradition, ed. Craig Kallendorf (Oxford: Blackwell, 2007) 279-94. “Latin in the Movies and Rome,” in Rome Season One: History Makes Television, ed. Monica S. Cyrino (Oxford: Blackwell, 2008) 193-206 “James Dickey,” Twentieth Century American Nature Poets ed. J. Scott Bryson & Roger Thompson, Dictionary of Literary Biography vol. 342 (Detroit: Gale, 2008) 79-89. “Arnaldo Dante Momigliano” and “Theodor Mommsen” in Encyclopedia of Ancient History, ed. R. bagnall, et al. (Forthcoming) “American Scholarship,” “Austin, R.G.,” “Berry, Wendell,” “Bimillennium,” “Brooks, R.A.,” “Büchner, Karl,” Clausen, Wendell,” “Eryx,” “Fagles, Robert,” “Fascism,” “Fitzgerald, Robert,” “German Scholarship,” “Heinze, Richard,” “Henry, James,” “Heyne, C.G.,” “Highet, Gilbert,” “Inauguration Poems,” “Klingner, Friedrich,” “Knox, B.M.W.,” “Lusus Troiae,” “Mantua,” Metaphor,” “Mussolini, Benito,” “National Socialism,” “Otis, Brooks, “Pease, A.S.,” “Pöschl, Viktor,”“Rand, Edward Kennard,” “Similes,” “Southern Agrarians.” “Virgil in America,” “Warren, Robert Penn,” “Williams, R.D,” in The Virgil Encyclopedia, ed. Richard F. Thomas and Jan Ziolkowski (Wiley-Blackwell) (forthcoming) “Layered Allusions in Gladiator,” Arion 3rd ser. 15,3 (Winter 2008) 9-38. “Peace and Power in The Fall of the Roman Empire” in The Fall of the Roman Empire: Film and History, ed. Martin M, Winkler (Malden, MA & Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009) 225-40. “James Dickey and Life,” The Hopkins Review n.s. 5,2 (Spring 2012) 161-72. “James Dickey and Georgia,” The Georgia Review 66, 3 (Fall 2012) 539-548. “James Dickey on Hart Crane,” The South Carolina Review 45,1 (Fall 2012) 27-48.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.