North American Scholar

D'OOGE, Martin Luther

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1839-07-17
  • Born City: Zonnemaire
  • Born State/Country: Netherlands
  • Parents: Leonard, a teacher, & Johanna Quintus D.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1915-09-12
  • Death City: Ann Arbor
  • Death State/Country: MI
  • Married: Mary Worcester, 31 July 1873.
  • Education:

    A.B. U. Michigan, 1862; Union Theological Seminary, 1864-7; A.M. 1865; Ph.D. U. Leipzig, 1872; LL.D. U. Michigan, 1889; D.Litt. Rutgers, 1901.

  • Professional Experience:

    Princ. Ann Arbor HS, 1863-5; asst. prof. anc. langs. Michigan State Normal Coll. (now Eastern Michigan U.), 1867-8; actng. prof. Gk. lang. & lit. U. Michigan, 1868-70; prof. 1870-1912; dean, Coll. Lit. & Sci., 1889-97; ordained Congl. ministry 1878; pres. APA 1883-4; dir. ASCSA, 1886-7; pres. CAMWS, 1910-11.

  • Dissertation:

    “On the Use of the Suffixes τερ, τορ, τηρ, τα in Homer” (Leipzig, 1872).

  • Publications:

    The Oration of Demosthenes on the Crown (Chicago, 1875); “The Original Recension of the De Corona,” TAPA 10 (1879) 92-104; “The Reading and Interpretation of Verse 572 of the Antigone of Sophocles,” PAPA 12 (1881) 29-31; Sophocles Antigone (Boston, 1884); “The Historical Method and Purpose in Philology” (APA presidential address), TAPA 15 (1884) xi-xii; “On the Meaning of προμαντεία,” TAPA 35 (1904) xi-xiii; The Acropolis of Athens (New York & London, 1908); Nicomachus. Introduction to Arithmetic (trans.) (New York & London, 1926; repr. Chicago, 1955 in The Thirteen Books of Euclid's Elements).

  • Notes:

    M. L. D'Ooge is chiefly remembered for his work on the Athenian Acropolis and as a trainer of graduate students. He demanded precision and extensive preparation from his graduate students, who were rewarded with their teacher's generosity, charm, and vivacity, and were frequently welcomed to D'Ooge's convivial home. He regularly taught Homer, Sophocles, and the Greek orators and among his many publications are numerous reviews on the arts for the Nation. His colleague Campbell Bonner said of him, “In all his work Mr. D'Ooge's attitude was that of a true humanist. Firm in his belief in the value of ancient thought to the modern world, he devoted himself with unfailing enthusiasm to the interpretation of the immortal poets and orators of Greece.”

  • Sources:

    CJ 11 (1915-6) 250; Campbell Bonner, CP 10 (1915) 488; DAB 3:372; F. W. Kelsey, Nation (30 Sept. 1915); NatCAB 12:207; WhAm 1:332.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.