B.A. Yale, 1947; M.A., 1948; Dipl.. Sorbonne, 1950; Ph.D. Harvard, 1953;
Lector. English, Sorbonne, 1949-50; insert, classics, Brooklyn College, 1953-6; NYU, 1956-7; asso. prof. 1957-72; prof. CUNY, 1972-91; Chair dept. of classics, 1973-91; vis. prof. Greek, U. Paris Nanterre, 1971-3, 1979-80.
"The 'De Chersoneso' and the 'Philippica Quarta' of Demosthenes: The Texts and Their Relationship" (Harvard, 1953); HSCP 61 (1953) 164-9; The Relationship of the De Chersoneso and the Philippica Quarta of Demosthenes," CP 52 (1957) 145-62.
“Étude des langues et littératures classiques en Amérique,” in Actes du premier Congrès de la Fédération internationale des Associations d'études classiques (Paris: Klincksieck, 1951) 333-4; “Tacitus' Technique of Character Portrayal,” AJP 81 (1960) 30-52; The Jerusalem Palimpsest of Euripides: A Facsimile Edition (ed. with commentary) (Berlin & New York: de Gruyter, 1970). REVS: CW LXIV 1970 123 Peradotto | REG LXXXIII 1970 567-569 Tuilier & 1970, 2 p. L-LI Weil | LEC XXXVIII 1970 381 Wankenne | JŒByz XX 1971 352-357 Kresten | Gnomon XLIII 1971 84-85 Zuntz | CR XXI 1971 349-351 Wilson | Helmantica XXII 1971 191-192 Barcenilla | Hellenica XXIV 1971 412-418 Atsalos | BO XXIX 1972 80-81 Kamerbeek | StudClas XIV 1972 313 Lupaş | RPh XLVIII 1974 125-127 Irigoin | REA LXXV 1973 138 Burguière; “Concepts of Freedom and Slavery in Euripides' Hecuba,” Hermes 99 (1971) 217-26; Euripides Hecuba (ed.) Bibl. script. Graec. & Rom. Teubneriana (Leipzig: BSB Teubner, 1973; 2nd ed. 1990) REVS: AC XLII 1973 605-607 van Looy | BAGB 1974 115-116 Irigoin | LF XCVII 1974 119-120 Vysoký | RSC XXI 1973 315-316 d'Agostino | CW LXIX 1975 132-133 Wilson | JHS XCV 1975 198-199 Diggle | StudClas XVI 1974 317-319 Lupaş | Humanitas XXV-XXVI 1973-1974 303 Rocha Pereira | Erasmus XXVIII 1976 751-754 Lasserre | Scriptorium XXXI 1977 310 Bingen | CFC XI 1976 596-599 López Férez | Gnomon L 1978 69-71 Collard | Gymnasium LXXXV 1978 466-468 Matthiessen | AC LX 1991 336 H. Van Looy | Vichiana 3 1992 288 A. Garzya; “Dated Greek Manuscripts of the 13th and 14th Centuries in the Libraries of Italy by A. Turyn,” RPh 49 (1975) 286-9; “The Scholia of the Jerusalem Palimpsest of Euripides: Hecuba,” in Studia codicologica (with J. Dummer, J. Irmscher & F. Paschke) ed. K. Treu (Berlin: Akad.-Verlag, 1977) 141-6; The Scholia in the Jerusalem Palimpsest of Euripides. A Critical Edition (ed.) Bibl. der klass. Altertumswiss. N.F. 2. R. LXIV (Heidelberg: Winter, 1979). REVS: LEC XLIX 1981 170 Delaunois | AC LI 1982 368-369 van Looy; A Recital of Ancient Greek Poetry. In English Translation and in the Original Greek (New York: Jeffrey Norton Publ., 1980) (booklet and 4 cassettes). REVS: REG XCIII 1980 534 Irigoin; The Pronounciation of Ancient Greek. A Practical Guide (booklet and 2 cassettes) (New York: City College, 1981). REVS: REG XCV 1982 190 Irigoin | CW LXXVII 1983 134 Roberts; Hecabe read in Ancient Greek (New York, 1981); “Euripides, Orestes 279 γαλήν>γαλῆν or How a Blue Sky Turned into a Pussycat,” CQ 33 (1983) 294-5; Aristophane's Birds The Living Voice of Greek and Latin Literature Series Read in Ancient Greek (New York: Norton, 1983) REVS: CW LXXVIII 1984 137-138 Sonkowsky | CO LXIV 1986 32-33 Kopff; “The Call of the Hoopoe. Aristophanes, Birds 227-262,” in Mémorial André-Jean Festugiére. Antiquité païenne et chrétienne. Vingt-cinq études réunies et présentées, ed. E. Lucchesi & H.D. Saffrey (Geneva: Cramer, 1984) 23-6; “A Reinterpretation of Prometheus Bound 514,” TAPA115 (1985) 13-17; The Pronunciation and Reading of Ancient Greek. A Practical Guide (booklet and 2 cassettes) (New York: Norton, 1984). REVS: CO LXIV 1986 32-33 Kopff | REL LXVI 1988 320 Hellegouarc'h | CO LXIV 1986 32 Morgan; “Style and Delivery in Ancient Greek Oratory,” AAPA(1988) 124; “On Reading Homer Aloud. To Pause or Not to Pause,” AAPA (1989) 42; “On Reading Homer Aloud: To Pause or Not to Pause,” AJP 112 (1991) 149-60; “Les voix d'animaux chez Aristophane,” in Aristophane: la langue, la scène, la cité: actes du colloque de Toulouse 17-19 mars 1994, ed. Pascal Thiercy & Michel Menu (Bari: Levante, 1997) 309-16; “Responsio ad disputationem,” Hyperboreus 5,2 (1999) 365-8; “Further Notes on the Pronunciation of Ancient Greek,” CW 95, 4 (2001-2002) 411-12; “In Search of Euripides,” SCI 25 (2006) 141-6.
Stephen Daitz had twin passions for classics and music that combined to develop an interest in the pronunciation of Greek and Latin, an interest to which he devoted the bulk of his professional life. His early interest in drama led him to edit a Teubner text of the Hecuba and the Jerusalem Palimpsest of Euripides. In composing his text he naturally confronted questions of staging and metrics, which, spurred by his ear for music, led him to the root issue of any language study: how was it pronounced? By 1978 he had begun to devote himself to publishing, lecturing, and reciting Greek and Latin according to what he called the “restored pronunciation.” He backed up his published theories with over 70 hours of recordings, made over a 20-year period (1978-1998) of important works, the entire Iliad and Odyssey, for example, Aristophanes’ Birds, his beloved Hecuba, Plato’sApology, Phaedo, and Crito, and various selections from other works in a series he called “The Living Voice of Greek Literature,” nearly all of them reprinted in digital form by Bolchazy-Carducci publishers. He gave 99 recitals of ancient works worldwide (often including workshops). When the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened its seven galleries for Greek Art of the 6th through the 4thcenturies BCE, Daitz was invited to read at a public reception selections from Homer, Mimnermus, Xenophanes, Archilochus, Alcman, Sappho, Stesichorus, Timotheos, Alcaeus, Anakreon, Simonides, Pindar, and the dramatists. He was frequently invited to lecture and recite at scholarly gatherings as far afield as Australia and Argentina. He proselytized for his theories, particularly against the traditional British pronunciations, recorded in the early 1960s by J.F.C. Richards of Columbia for Folkways Records. Regular Saturday-morning gatherings of students and colleagues at his Riverside Drive apartment to read Homer aloud led Daitz to found the Society for the Oral Reading of Greek and Latin Literature, which regularly met at meetings of the APA/SCS and continues to flourish after his death. Daitz loved the French and their language, which he spoke at home and taught his children. His two stints at the École Normale Supérieure led to the establishment of the Théâtre Demodocos, a Paris-based company specializing in productions of ancient drama in both the original and French.
An additional accomplishment in these years in France was a climb to the summit of the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc, a crowning achievement for an outdoorsman who spent 45 summers hiking in the White Mountains with family and friends near his camp on Great East Lake in Acton, Maine.
NYTimes (7 July 2014); DAS 8, 3: 114-5