North American Scholar

CLEMENT, Paul Augustus, Jr

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1906-02-26
  • Born City: Atlanta
  • Born State/Country: GA
  • Parents: Paul A., a manufacturer of paper boxes, & Irene Lewis C.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1986-06-30
  • Death City: Athens
  • Death State/Country: Greece
  • Married: Hariotte Cole Taylor, 5 Oct. 1926
  • Education:

    AB U North Carolina, 1926; PhD Johns Hopkins, 1930

  • Professional Experience:

    Asso. prof. Gk. William & Mary, 1930-2; fell. U. Brussels, Belgium, 1932-3; asso. fell., ASCSA, 1933-4; vis. fell., 1967-8; mng. comm.; asso. Johns Hopkins, 1934-8; mem. Inst. Adv. Study (Princeton), 1938-49, 1952-3, 1956; mng. ed. pubis. ASCSA, 1939-49; asst. prof. to prof., class. & arch. UCLA, 1949-73; acting chair class., dept., 1961; chair, 1962-5; co-dir. Isthmia excav., Corinth, 1966-7; dir. 1968-86; Guggenheim fell., 1961-2; corr. mem. German Arch. Inst., 1967-86

  • Dissertation:

    “Thessalian Cults” (Johns Hopkins, 1930)

  • Publications:

    Excavations at Olynthus, Part IX, The Chalcidic Mint and the Excavation Coins Found in 1928-1934 , with D. M. Robinson (Baltimore, 1938); “Chronological Notes on the Issues of Several Greek Mints,” AJP 62 (1941) 157-68; '' Moralia 614E,” AJP 66 (1945) 192-6; “A Greek Vase and Restorer's Work,” Los Angeles County Museum, Bulletin of the Art Division 9 (1957) 5-14; Plutarch Moralia Vol VIII Table-Talk, Books I-III (trans; Books IV-VI by H.B. Hoffleit), LCL (Cambridge & London, 1969); “The Chalcidice Coinage: Epilogue,” in “Ancient Macedonia”, 1st International Symposium (1970) 252-5; “L Kornelios Korinthos of Corinth,” in ΦΟΡΟΣ: Tribute to Benjamin Dean Merritt (Locust Valley, CA, 1974) 36-9; Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, The Los Angeles County Museum, Fasc 1 (USA Fasc 18), with Pamela M. Packard (Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1977)

  • Notes:

    Clement's expertise and incisive knowledge covered an unusually broad spectrum that included Greek literature, epigraphy, numismatics, mythology, Greek vase painting, and archaeological fieldwork. A pupil of David M. Robinson at Johns Hopkins, Clement became his colleague in his first publication, part of the vast report of the Hopkins excavation at Olynthus. The work reconstructed the history of the mint in Chalcidice and catalogued the coins found in the excavations, with a long section on the chronology of the city; Clement returned to the topic in a later paper. His other major contribution is his volume in the CVA, done with his student Pamela Packard, on the Greek vases in Los Angeles. His philological publications were fewer but include his graceful and accurate translation of part of Plutarch's table-talk.His first position, at William and Mary, was wiped out by the Depression. After his personal discovery of Greece in the 1930s (he said) he resented every minute that he did not spend there. And indeed his major legacy to knowledge will probably be the reports, now in preparation, of the excavation he organized and directed at Isthmia, near Corinth. In his final, still unpublished work on the coins of Isthmia, he returned to the field of his first publication; thus his scholarly career came full circle. His heavy smoking contributed to emphysema, which partly disabled him in later years and prevented his seeing to the planned volumes of reports.The most spectacular find here was a large mosaic in the Roman bath; with characteristic generosity, he entrusted the publication of the mosaic to Pamela Packard.Yet he worked loyally at UCLA, presiding over the local department during part of its transformation from a provincial teaching department into a center of national reputation; he also left behind a superbly chosen collection of slides on Greek art and archaeology. He was an awe-inspiring but stimulating teacher, and an exacting friend and colleague. An inimitable Southern elegance was paired with dignified manners and a passion for precision in language and scholarship. The latter quality made him especially suitable for the task as editor of publications of the ASCS in Princeton, a position where he exerted lasting influence: he supervised the journal Hesperia and such great works as the Athenian Tribute Lists by Merritt, Wade-Gery, and McGregor. Clement was a figure out of Wagner, tall, gaunt, with a lined face and Roman nose In later years he wore a striking black cape and hat His baritone voice, in which both Atlanta and a touch of Britain were heard, was deliberate and his words could be caustic; but his austerity only partly concealed a warm heart The most generous of hosts, he delighted in holding court, with a party of the young, at a lavish dinner under the trees at his favorite French restaurant in his beloved Athens

  • Sources:

    Anastasia N Dinsmoor, Gnomon 60 (1988) 83-4; U California In Memoriam (1987); personal knowledge; WhAm 1984-5:197

  • Author: Birgitta Lindros Wohl/Mortimer Chambers