North American Scholar

GRAY, William Dodge

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1878-05-06
  • Born City: Little Rock
  • Born State/Country: AR
  • Parents: Daniel Lewis, a planter, & Lucy Dodge G.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1958-09-30
  • Death City: Northampton
  • Death State/Country: MA
  • Married: Henrietta Seelye, 21 Dec. 1911.
  • Education:

    A.B. U. Arkansas, 1900; A.M. Cornell, 1903; Ph.D., 1907.

  • Professional Experience:

    Tchr. & princ, Springdale (AR) HS, 1900-3; tchr. class. Peekskill (NY) Mil. Acad., 1903-7; instr. to prof. anc. hist. Smith Coll., 1907-46.

  • Dissertation:

    “An Investigation of the Laws of Rhythm in the Clausulae of Books I and II of the De Officiis of Cicero” (Cornell, 1907).

  • Publications:

    “A Political Ideal of the Emperor Hadrian,” Report of Am. Hist. Assoc., 1 (1914) 113-24; “A Study of the Life of Hadrian prior to His Accession,” Smith Coll. Stud. in Hist. 4 (1919) 141-209; “The Founding of Aelia Capitolina and the Chronology of the Jewish War under Hadrian,” AJSL 39 (Oct. 1922-3) 248-56; “New Light from Egypt on the Early Reign of Hadrian,” AJSL 40 (1923-4) 14-29; “The Roman Depression and Our Own,” CJ 29 (1933-4) 243-56; “The Role Played by the Classical Temple in Secular Life,” CJ 38 (1942-3) 324-36.

  • Notes:

    Gray's principal scholarly interest was Hadrian and his reign, but he was a prolific reviewer and contributor to periodicals with notes or articles which demonstrated the relevance of ancient practice to modern life. At his death he left in unpublished MSS three chapters of a history of civilization (in collaboration with F. C. Dietz and A. H. Lyler) and five chapters of a life of Hadrian.

  • Sources:

    NatCAB 47:284; Smith Coll. Archives.

  • Author: Charles Henderson, Jr.