North American Scholar

FISKE, George Converse

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1872-02-28
  • Born City: Roxbury Highlands
  • Born State/Country: MA
  • Parents: George Alfred & Kate Washburn F.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1927-01-08
  • Death City: Madison
  • Death State/Country: WI
  • Married: Augustine Louise Eileau, 26 Dec. 1908.
  • Education:

    A.B. Harvard, 1894; A.M., 1897; Ph.D., 1900; study at Bonn & Halle.

  • Professional Experience:

    Tchr. Belmont, MA, & instr. Gk. & Lat. Phillips Acad. (Andover, MA), 1900-1; instr. to prof. Lat. U. Wisconsin, 1901-27.

  • Dissertation:

    “Quas sententias gens Claudia habuerit de re publica administranda quaeritur” (Harvard, 1900); printed as “The Politics of the Patrician Claudii,” HSCP 13 (1902) 1-59.

  • Publications:

    “Notes on the Worship of the Roman Emperors in Spain,” HSCP 11 (1900) 101-39; “Lucilius and Persius,” TAPA 40 (1909) 121-50; “Lucilius, the Ars Poetica of Horace, and Persius,” HSCP 24 (1913) 1-36; “Udas ante Fores: Persius V.165-66,” CP 11 (1916) 336-7; “The Plain Style in the Scipionic Circle,” Classical Studies in Honor of Charles Forster Smith, Wisconsin Studies in Language and Literature 3 (1919) 62-105; Lucilius and Horace (Madison, 1920); “Augustus and the Religion of Reconstruction,” Wisconsin Stud. Lang. & Lit., 2d ser. no. 15 (1922) 111-33; “Cicero's Orator and Horace's Ars Poetica,” with Mary A. Grant, HSCP 35 (1924) 1-75.

  • Notes:

    Fiske's chief contribution is his volume on Lucilius and Horace, which received considerable praise both in this country and in Europe. His scholarly life was devoted to Roman religion and the effect of Greek rhetoric on Roman satire. He was an effective teacher, regularly teaching undergraduates Livy and Latin composition, while he offered seminars to graduate students in Tacitus' Germania or Aeneid 6. Keen on imparting new methods of instruction and maintaining the standards of Latin teaching in Wisconsin, he frequently visited the high schools of the state and spoke regularly at state teachers' meetings. As senior editor of Classical Bulletin, he contributed numerous editorials notable for their intelligence and integrity. At his sudden death from a heart attack, he was finishing a volume on rhetoric and literary composition for the “Our Debt to Greece and Rome” series.

  • Sources:

    CJ 22 (1926-27) 450-1; CP 22 (1927) 308; Kenneth Scott, DAB 6:418-19; W. E. Leonard & G. Showerman, Nation (16 Feb. 1927) 170.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.