North American Scholar

EDSON, Charles Farwell, Jr

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1905-12-26
  • Born City: Los Angeles
  • Born State/Country: CA
  • Parents: Charles Farwell & Katherine Philips E.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1988-12-14
  • Death City: Madison
  • Death State/Country: WI
  • Married: Lovina Schneider, 7 Apr. 1951.
  • Education:

    B.A. Stanford, 1929, A.M. Harvard, 1931; Ph.D., 1939.

  • Professional Experience:

    Asst. prof, to prof. hist. U. Wisconsin, 1938-76; Guggenheim fell., 1936-8; 1956-7; mem. IAS, Princeton, 1952-3; 1962-3; corresp. mem. Germ. Arch. Inst.; Goodwin Award, 1974.

  • Dissertation:

    “Five Studies in Macedonian History” (Harvard, 1939).

  • Publications:

    “The Personal Appearance of Antigonus Gonatas,” CP 29 (1934) 254-5; “Notes on the Thracian Pharos,” CP 42 (1947) 88-105; “The Location of Cellae and the Route of the Via Egnatia in Western Macedonia,” CP 46 (1951) 1-16; “Strepsa (Thucydides 1.61.4),” CP 50 (1955) 169-90; “Imperium Macedonicum: The Seleucid Empire and the Literary Evidence,” CP 53 (1958) 153-70; Inscriptiones Graecae, editio minor, vol. X: Inscriptiones Epiri, Macedoniae, Thraciae, Scythiae, Pars II: Inscriptiones Macedoniae, Fasciculus I: Inscriptiones Thessalonicae et Viciniae (Berlin, 1972).Festschrift: Ancient Macedonian Studies in Honor of Charles F. Edson (Salonica, 1981).

  • Notes:

    From the late 1930s until his retirement Charles Edson was a mainstay of instruction in ancient history in the United States. He was a rigorous trainer of graduate students and an outstanding lecturer of undergraduates. His two-semester survey of ancient history was one of the best taught and most widely attended in the country. The publication of the inscriptions of Thessalonica and vicinity occupied most of his scholarly career. For this effort he won a corresponding membership in the German Archaeological Institute in 1972 and the American Philological Association's Goodwin Award in 1974.

  • Sources:

    WhAm 1980-1:968.

  • Author: Frank M. Clover