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  • Date of Birth: August 09, 1869
  • Born City: Saline
  • Born State/Country: MI
  • Parents: James L. & Eliza Flowers D.
  • Date of Death: March 18, 1917
  • Death City: Swarthmore
  • Death State/Country: PA
  • Married: Anna L. Green, 5 Aug. 1891.
  • Education:

    B.A. U. Michigan, 1893; M.A., 1894; study at Bonn, 1894-5; fell. ASCSR, 1895-7; Ph.D. U. Michigan, 1897.

  • Dissertation:

    “The Epigraphic Sources of Suetonius” (Michigan, 1897); printed AM 2 (1898) 26-70.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. Lat., U. Michigan, 1897-9; prof. Lat. & Rom. arch. Oberlin, 1899-1902; junior prof. Lat. U. Michigan, 1902-10; prof. Gk. & Lat. Swarthmore, 1910-7; ann. prof. ASCSR, 1908-9; pres. CAAS, 1915-6; assoc. ed. CW, 1913-7.

  • Publications:

    “Some New Inscriptions from Puteoli, Baiae, Misenum, and Cumae,” AJA 2 (1898) 373-402; A Junior Latin Book, with J. C. Rolfe (Boston, 1898); Topical Outlines of Later Latin Literature, by F. W. Kelsey, rev. Dennison (Boston, 1908); Virgil's Aeneid, ed. H. S. Frieze, rev. Dennison (New York, 1902); “A New Head of the So-Called Scipio Type: An Attempt at Its Identification,” AJA 9 (1905) 11-23; “Syllabification in Latin Inscriptions,” CP 1 (1906) 47-68; Livy Book I and Selections from Books II-X (New York, 1908); “The Latest Dated Inscription from Lavinium,” CP 5 (1910) 285-90; Studies in East Christian and Roman Art, with C. R. Morey (New York, 1918); A Gold Treasure of the Late Roman Period (New York, 1918).

  • Notes:

    Walter Dennison, archaeologist and epigraphist, was educated in his native state and was given one of the ASCSR's two original fellowships. During this period his interest in epigraphy blossomed and he wrote, among other papers, his dissertation. He died suddenly of pneumonia before his 48th birthday. While annual professor of Latin at the ASCSR he found a cache of gold relics from the late Roman period that became the subject of his last book. He was able to have this collection bought by the eminent collector Charles L. Free of Detroit. As president of CAAS he oversaw the publication of the pamphlet The Practical Value of Latin. Dennison's early interest was epigraphy and he contributed numerous articles to AJA, principally his description of the inscriptions at Pozzuoli (which he found collected by a parish priest and which he subsequently acquired for the University of Michigan), “Some New Inscriptions from Puteoli, Baiae, Misenum, and Cumae,” and a version of his dissertation, but following his second tour at Rome he also made significant contributions in archaeology, particularly on the Roman busts of the “Scipio” type and the topography of Caesar's battlefields. In addition to his epigraphical work he published a number of class texts, including an edition of Livy 1 and revisions of Kel-sey's popular outline of Latin Literature and Frieze's Aeneid. His A Gold Treasure of the Late Roman Period was published posthumously.

  • Sources:

    AM 21 (1917) 341; W. W. Baker, G/ 12 (1916-7) 587-88; H. N. Fowler, DAB 5:240-1; F. W. Kelsey, A Gold Treasure . . . 167-168.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.