North American Scholar

FLICKINGER, Roy Caston

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1876-12-17
  • Born City: Seneca
  • Born State/Country: IL
  • Parents: George Harnish & Nina Theresa Parker F.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1942-07-06
  • Death City: Iowa City
  • Death State/Country: IA
  • Married: Lillian Hortense Cook, 1904; Minnie A. Keys, 1932.
  • Education:

    B.A. Northwestern, 1899; M.A. 1901; Ph.D. U. Chicago, 1904; study at Berlin, 1905.

  • Professional Experience:

    Tchr. Northwestern Academy (Evanston, IL), 1899-1901; prof. Gk & Lat. Epworth U. (Oklahoma City), 1904-5; asst. prof, to prof. Gk. & Lat., Northwestern, 1905-24; dean coll. lib. arts, 1919-24; prof. & chair dept class. U. Iowa, 1924-42; pres. CAMWS, 1932-3; ed.-in-chief, 1928-33; assoc. ed., 1933-41; ed. Iowa Studies in Classical Philology, 1934-42.

  • Dissertation:

    “Plutarch as a Source of Information on the Greek Theater” (Chicago, 1904); printed (Chicago, 1904).

  • Publications:

    “On the Prologue of Terence's Heauton,” CP 2 (1907) 157-63; “The Accusative of Exclamation in Plautus and Terence,” AJP 29 (1908) 303-15; “Scaenica,” TAPA 40 (1909) 109-20; “Certain Numerals in the Greek Dramatic Hypotheses,” CP 5 (1910) 1-27; “ΧΟΡΟΥ in Terence's Heauton, the Shifting of Choral Roles in Menander, and Agathon's ἘΜΒΟΛΙΜΑ,” CP 7 (1912) 24-34; “Tragedy and the Satyric Drama,” CP 8 (1913) 261-83; “The Accusative of Exclamation in Epistolary Latin,” AJP 34 (1913) 276-99; 77m; Greek Theater and Its Drama (Chicago, 1918; 4th ed., 1936); “The Accusative of Exclamation: Lucretius to Ovid,” TAPA 49 (1918) 27-40; Carmina Latina (Chicago, 1919; 4th ed., 1929); “The Accusative of Exclamation: Seneca to Juvenal,” with Clyde Murley, CP 18 (1923) 162-9; Songs for the Latin Club (Chicago, 1924); “The Theater of Aeschylus,” TAPA 61 (1930) 80-110; “Horace's First Bimillennium,” CJ 32 (1936-37) 65-91.

  • Notes:

    Roy C. Flickinger is best known for his Greek Theater and Its Drama, for his longtime editorial service on the staff of Classical Journal, and for his chairmanship of the Horatian bimillenary in 1935. He wrote over 40 articles and reviews, and gained a reputation that was international in scope. Though he gave long service to CJ, the editorship in which Flickinger took the very greatest pride and personal pleasure was that of Iowa Studies in Classical Philology, for each volume was an Iowa dissertation that he had directed. At least one monograph appeared in the series every year from 1934 to 1940. At the time of his death eight were planned. He was instrumental in organizing Eta Sigma Phi, the national honor society for Latin and Greek students, and was chairman of the board of trustees in 1940. Almost entirely on his initiative a successful Bimillennium Horatianum was observed both here and abroad.

  • Sources:

    CJ 38 (1942-43) 1-3; WhAm 2:191.

  • Author: Archie C. Bush