North American Scholar

GULICK, Charles Burton

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1868-09-30
  • Born City: Jersey City
  • Born State/Country: NJ
  • Parents: Horace, a salesman, & Anna Louise Sillcocks G.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1962-05-23
  • Death City: White Plains
  • Death State/Country: NY
  • Married: Anne Hathaway, 9 Sept. 1896.
  • Education:

    A.B. Harvard, 1890; A.M., 1891; Ph.D., 1894; study in Germany & Greece.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. to prof. Gk. Harvard, 1892-1925; Eliot prof. Gk., 1925-37; ann. prof. ASCSA, 1911-2; pres. CANE, 1928-9; pres. APA, 1929-30.

  • Dissertation:

    “De scholiis Aristophaneis quaestiones mythicae” (Harvard, 1894) printed, HSCP 5 (1894) 83-166.

  • Publications:

    “Omens and Augury in Plautus,” HSCP1 (1896) 235-47; “The Attic Prometheus,” HSCP 10 (1899) 103-14; “Two Notes on the Birds of Aristophanes,” HSCP 10 (1899) 115-20; “On the Greek Infinitive after Verbs of Fearing,” HSCP 12 (1901) 327-34; The Life of the Ancient Greeks (New York, 1902); Brief Notes on the Greek Lyric Poets by M. H. Morgan, rev. by Gulick (Cambridge, 1903); “Notions of Humanity among the Greeks,” Harvard Essays on Classical Subjects, ed. H. W. Smyth (New York, 1912), 33-65; “The Rendering of the Homeric Hymns,” Anniversary Papers by Colleagues and Pupils of George Lyman Kittredge (Boston, 1913), 153-64; Modern Traits in Old Greek Life (New York, 1927); Athenaeus. The Deipnosophists (trans.), LCL, 7 vols. (London and New York, 1927); Greek Grammar, by W. W. Goodwin, rev. by Gulick (Boston, 1930); “Notes on Athenaeus,” Studies Capps, 174-81; ed. College Series of Latin Authors.

  • Notes:

    Gulick was the quintessential Harvard man, holding all three of his earned degrees from that institution and having spent all 45 years of his teaching career as a member of the faculty there. His major contribution to scholarship was probably his seven-volume edition and translation of Athenaeus' Deipnosophistae, for the Loeb Classical Library, but he is perhaps best known as the man who revised and updated Goodwin's classic Greek Grammar. Graduate students knew him particularly for a course in Plato's Republic that practically all of them took, and for his course in advanced Greek prose composition, which gave full play to his exceptional familiarity with the arcana of Greek syntax and usage. A trifle austere, he was less approachable than colleagues of his like E. K. Rand and Arthur Stanley Pease, but he commanded great respect and no small amount of affection from the many serious students of Greek at Harvard whom he started along their professional way. A glittering dinner was given for him at the Harvard Club of Boston, when he retired at the age of 69, but he lived for another quarter of a century, hampered, however, during this period by rapidly failing eyesight.

  • Sources:

    NatCAB 49:307; WhAm 4:387.

  • Author: Arthur F. Stocker