North American Scholar

EVANS, Elizabeth Cornelia

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1905-03-19
  • Born City: Little Boar's Head
  • Born State/Country: NH
  • Parents: David H. & Cornelia Draper E.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1977-04-25
  • Death City: Boston
  • Death State/Country: MA
  • Education:

    A.B. Radcliffe 1926; A.M. 1927; Ph.D. 1930.

  • Professional Experience:

    Prix de Rome & fell. AAR 1930-2; instr. to assoc. prof. Gk. & Lat., Wheaton, 1933-42; assoc. prof. Gk. & Lat., Vassar, 1942-53; prof, class. Connecticut Coll. 1953-63; Shirley Farr fell. 1960-1; Henry B. Plant prof. 1963-70; chair dept., 1953-70; emerita, 1970-7.

  • Dissertation:

    “Quo modo corpora voltusque hominum auctores Latini descripserint” (Radcliffe, 1930).

  • Publications:

    “Roman Descriptions of Personal Appearances in History and Biography” HSCP 46 (1935) 43-84; Cults of the Sabine Territory (New York, 1939); “The Study of Physiognomy 4n the Second Century A.D.” TAPA 72 (1941) 96-108; “Galen the Physician as Physiognomist,” TAPA 76 (1945) 287-98; “Literary Portraiture in Ancient Epic,” HSCP 58-59 (1948) 189-218; “A Stoic Aspect of Senecan Drama: Portraiture” TAPA 81 (1950) 169-84; “Physiognomies in the Roman Empire,” CJ 45 (1949-50) 277-82; “Seneca's Medea,” Classics in Translations, 2:309-23; Physiognomies in the Ancient World (Philadelphia, 1969).

  • Notes:

    Elizabeth Evans made her mark on the classical world beginning with her years as a student. E. K. Rand said of her, “I regard her among the very best classical scholars of her time at either Harvard or Radcliffe.” Throughout her life she maintained the vivacity of presentation and the command of her subject that her students admired and loved. One of her colleagues spoke of her performance in the classroom as “little short of phenomenal.” Her skill as an administrator is apparent from her many years of service to her profession. She was a member of the State Advisory Committee on Foreign Language Instruction, president of the Connecticut Section of the Classical Association of New England (1961-2), and chairman of the Examining Committee for the Advanced Placement Program in Latin for the College Entrance Examination Board. She served on the National Screening Committee to review applications for Fulbright awards for Italy and Greece; and she was chairman of the Advisory Council of the SCSAAR. Hers was a sturdy voice in faculty debate, for she was abreast of academic standards everywhere, and many leaders in the scholarly world were her personal friends. Her sights for excellence in the classics were ever the highest.

  • Sources:

    American Women 21 A.

  • Author: Mary Louise Lord