North American Scholar

EBELING, Herman Louis

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1857-05-10
  • Born City: Catonsville
  • Born State/Country: MD
  • Parents: George Wilhelm, a Lutheran minister, & Marie Keidel E
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1945-04-02
  • Death City: Baltimore
  • Death State/Country: MD
  • Married: Emma Sophia Stakeman, 21 Dec. 1896.
  • Education:

    A.B. Johns Hopkins, 1882; Ph.D. 1891; univ. scholar, 1889; fell, in Gk., 1890-1; study at Berlin, Bonn, & Göttingen, 1894-5.

  • Professional Experience:

    Worker, tobacco processing plant, 1873-7; tchr. Overlea Home School, 1877-9; instr. Gk. & Lat., German Theol. Sem. (Bloomfield, NJ), 1882-6; tchr. Gk., Lat., & French, Dr. Diechman's Gymnasium Sch. (Baltimore), 1890-1; prof. Gk. Miami (Ohio) U., 1891-9; tchr. Fren. & Germ., Miss James' Private School (Trenton, NJ), 1899-1901; actng. prof. Gk. & Lat. Haverford, 1901-3; asst. prof. Gk. & Lat. Hamilton, 1903-11; prof. Gk. & asst. Lat., Goucher, 1911-33.

  • Dissertation:

    “A Study in the Sources of the Messeniaca of Pausanias” (Johns Hopkins, 1891); printed (Baltimore, 1892).

  • Publications:

    “The Admetus of Euripides viewed in Relation to the Admetus of Tradition,” TAPA 29 (1898) 65-85; “Some Statistics on the Order of Words in Greek,” Studies Gildersleeve, 229-40; “An Ancient View of Destructive Natural Phenomena,” Nation 88 (18 Feb. 1909) 164; “Pausanias as an Historian,” CW 7 (1913-4) 138-41, 146-50; Griechisch-Deutsches Wdrterbuch zum Neuen Testamente (Hannover, 1913; 3d ed., 1929); “Anthropology and the Classics,” CW 14 (1920-1) 41-9; “Sappho,” CW 16 (1922-3) 195-200; “The Origin of the Corinthian Capital,” Art Bull. 6 (1923-4) 75-81; “The Persians of Timotheus,” AJP 46 (1925) 317-31; Greek Thought: Selections from Homer to Menander (Baltimore, 1934).

  • Notes:

    Herman Ebeling, a student of Gildersleeve's and professor of Greek at Goucher College for twenty-two years, was the son of German immigrants. Granted a sabbatical leave in 1894-95, he enrolled at Gildersleeve's German almae matres. At Hamilton, he was a colleague of Wilamowitz' only American doctoral student, Edward Fitch. Following his retirement, he stayed on to teach several years afterwards as professor emeritus. Apart from his dissertation, he published only a privately printed book on Greek thought, but he regularly assisted his old mentor by contributing synopses of Hermes to AJP for 18 consecutive volumes (1902-19).

  • Sources:

    NatCAB 33:397.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.