North American Scholar

EGBERT, James Chidester, Jr

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1859-05-03
  • Born City: New York
  • Born State/Country: NY
  • Parents: Rev. James C. & Louisa Drew E.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1948-07-17
  • Death City: New York
  • Death State/Country: NY
  • Married: Emma G. Pennington, 1884.
  • Education:

    A.B. Columbia, 1881; A.M., 1882; Ph.D., 1884.

  • Professional Experience:

    Asst in Gk., Columbia, 1885-8; tutor to prof. Lat., 1888-1924; director, University Extension & Summer School; Dean, School of Business; prof. Lat., AAR, 1903-4; pres., AIA, 1917-21.

  • Dissertation:

    “Pindar” (Columbia, 1884).

  • Publications:

    Macmillan's Shorter Latin Course (New York, 1892); “The Preliminary Military Service of the Equestrian Cursus Honorum” Studies Drisler, 16-23; M. Tulli Ciceronis Cato Maior de Senectute, a revision of E. S. Schuckburgh's edition (New York, 1895; rev. 1930); Introduction to the Study of Latin Inscriptions (New York, 1896; rev. 1906); “Honores,” “Nomen,” “Papyrus,” “Princeps,” “Principatus” in Harper's Dictionary of Classical Literature and Antiquities (New York, 1896); “Inscriptions of Rome and Central Italy,” AIA ASCSR Supp. Papers 2 (New York, 1908) 263-90; Livy. The Second Punic War, Book XXI and Selections from Books XXII-XXX (New York, 1913); University Summer Schools (Washington, D.C., 1922).

  • Notes:

    James Chidester Egbert, best known for his primer on Latin epigraphy, was an outstanding teacher and superb administrator. Educated at Columbia, he taught there for over forty years. For many years he was director of the University Extension and the Summer School and for a year served as dean of the School of Business. Besides his perennially useful book on Latin inscriptions, he wrote college texts for the study of Latin authors and was editor of Macmillan's Latin Classics.

  • Sources:

    Enc. Am. Biog. 9:45; WhAm 2:171.

  • Author: Meyer Reinhold