CLAFLIN, Edith Frances

  • CLAFLIN, Edith Frances
Date of Birth
Born City
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Frederick Allan & Narcissa Adelaide Avery C.
Date of Death
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New York
Death State/Country

A.B. Radcliffe, 1897; Garrett Fellow, ASCSA, 1899-1900; A.M. & Ph.D. Bryn Mawr, 1904.


Instr. Gk. & Lat. Prospect Hill Sch. (Greenfield, MA), 1901-7; head, class, dept. Monticello Seminary (Godfrey, IL), 1906-13; Gk. & Lat. tchr. Laurel Sch. (Cleveland, OH), 1914-6; head dept. Gk. Rosemary Hall Acad. (Greenwich, CT), 1916-33; lctr. Lat. & Gk. Barnard, 1936-45; spec. lctr. Columbia, 1945-53.


“The Syntax of the Boeotian Dialect Inscriptions" (Bryn Mawr, 1904); printed (Baltimore, 1905).


“On a Method in Virgil,” CJ 5 (1909-10) 224-5; “Ni mea cura resistat, Aeneid ii, 599,” CJ 6 (1910-1) 305-7; “Latinisms in Shakespeare's Diction,” CJ 16 (1920-1) 346-59; “Experiments in a Two-Year Greek Course,” CJ 19 (1923-4) 534-44; “On Translating Latin,” CJ 20 (1924-5) 104-12; “Teaching the Comprehension of Latin,” CJ 22 (1926-7) 276-82; “'The Nature of the Latin Passive in the Light of Recent Discoveries,” AJP 48 (1927) 157-75; “Lingua Viva,” CJ 37 (1941-2) 7-16; “Videor as a Deponent in Plautus,” AJP 64 (1943) 71-9; “Teaching the Art of Reading Latin,” CJ 39 (1943-4) 130-6; “The Middle Voice in the De Senectute,” AJP 67 (1946) 193-221.


Edith Claflin taught young women for 17 years at Rosemary Hall and saw a number of her students pursue careers in classics. While maintaining a rigorous teaching schedule throughout her career, she managed to publish regularly in AJP and CJ. She held that Latin is a living language not different from Spanish, French, and Italian; it is essentially the same language. She wrote letters to the New York Times on topics ranging from world affairs to the sighting and habits of birds, her principal hobby.


Bernard Bloch, Language 29 (1953) 219-20; DAS 1951:160; NYTimes (8 Mar. 1953) 90; Sch. & Soc. 77 (1953) 174; WomWWA 14:178.

Ward W. Briggs, Jr.