North American Scholar

FOWLER, Harold North

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1859-02-25
  • Born City: Westfield
  • Born State/Country: MA
  • Parents: Samuel, a lawyer, businessman, & farmer, & Maria Jones F.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1955-09-29
  • Death City: Findlay
  • Death State/Country: OH
  • Married: Helen Bell, 23 Dec. 1890; Mary Zay Blackford, 30 June 1925.
  • Education:

    A.B. Harvard, 1880; study at ASCSA, 1882-83; Bonn & Berlin, 1883-85; Ph.D. Bonn, 1885; Litt. D., Western Reserve U., 1939.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. class. Harvard, 1885-88; prof. Lat. Phillips Exeter Acad., 1888-92; prof. Gk. U. Texas, 1892-3; College for Women Western Reserve U., 1893-1929; consultant in class, lit. Lib. Cong., 1929-32; ann. prof. ASCSA, 1903-4, 1924-5; ed. AJA, 1906-16; pres. APA, 1912-3.

  • Dissertation:

    “Panaetii et Hecatonis librorum fragmenta” (Bonn, 1884): printed (Bonn, 1885).

  • Publications:

    “The ΜΑΣΤΡΟΙ at Rhodes,” AJP 6 (1885) 472-5; “The Statue of Asklepios at Epidauros,” AJA 3 (1887) 32-7; Thucydides (Boston, 1888); Menaechmi of Plautus (Boston & New York, 1889); Q. Curti Rufi Historiarum Alexandri Magni Macedonis libri II et TV (Boston, 1891); “Notes on Thucydides, 18,1; 9,3; 28,3,” AJP 16 (1895) 70-3; “The Date of the Exiles of Peisistratos,” HSCP 7 (1896) 167-75; “Pausanias' Description of Greece” AJA 2d ser. 2 (1898) 357-66; “Pliny, Pausanias, and the Hermes of Praxiteles,” TAPA 31 (1900) 37-45; A First Book in Latin, with Hiram Tuell (Boston, 1904); A History of Ancient Greek Literature (New York, 1902; rev., 1923); A History of Roman Literature (New York, 1903; 2d ed., 1923); A Handbook of Greek Archaeology, with James Rignal Wheeler (New York, 1909); Plato, vol. 1, Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Phaedrus (trans.), LCL (London & New York, 1914); vol 4, Cratylus, Parmenides, Greater Hippias, Lesser Hippias (1926); vol. 7, Theaetetus, Sophist (1921); vol. 8, Statesman, Philebus (1925); A History of Sculpture (New York, 1916); The Picture Book of Greek Sculpture, with Mary B. Fowler (New York, 1929); Corinth, vol. 1, with Richard Stillwell (Cambridge, 1932); “Notes on the text of Plutarch's Moralia,” AJP 56 (1935) 329-35; Plutarch's Moralia, LCL, vol. 10 (Cambridge & London, 1936); “An Attic Grave Relief,” Studies Robinson, 1:588-9.

  • Notes:

    Harold North Fowler, an archaeologist, is particularly known for his studies of the diolcos, the means of transporting ships between the Gulf of Corinth and the Saronic Gulf. He was the first student enrolled at the American School at Athens, to which he returned often and gave great service, chairing its publications committee and writing and revising the reports on Erectheum. As editor-in-chief of the Corinth publications, he helped resolve the long dispute about the location of the diolcos, showing that it began south of the western mouth of the Gulf of Corinth. Later excavations by the Greek Ministry of National Education supported his findings. But Fowler was equally adept in literature. He translated Plato and Plutarch for the Loeb series and edited a number of school books.

  • Sources:

    NatCAB 44:341; WhAm 3:296; Julius Ziehen, Erinnerungen 1864-1925, ed. Hertha Ziehen (Frankfurt am Main, 1980).

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.