North American Scholar

HACK, Roy Kenneth

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1884-07-03
  • Born City: Ballston Spa
  • Born State/Country: NY
  • Parents: Rollin Therman & Miriam Matilda Forbes H.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1944-08-25
  • Death City: Cincinnati
  • Death State/Country: OH
  • Married: Apphia Thwing, 22 Dec. 1913.
  • Education:

    A.B. Williams, 1905; B. Litt. Oxford (Oriel Coll.) (Rhodes Scholar), 1908.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. class. Williams, 1908-12; instr. to asst. prof, class. Harvard, 1912-23; prof, class, grad. sch. U. Cincinnati, 1923-44; mem. A A AS.

  • Publications:

    “The Pronunciation of Latin,” Nation 88 (1 Apr. 1905) 617-33; “Quintilian Again,” C/ 5 (1909-10) 161-4; “Catullus and Horace,” CJ 6 (1910-11) 324-9; “The Law of the Hendecasyllable,” HSCP 25 (1914) 107-15; “The Tyranny of Science,” Nation 101 (19 Aug. 1915) 229-31; “The Doctrine of Literary Forms,” HSCP 27 (1916) 1-65; “Drift,” Atlantic 118 (Sept. 1916) 351-61; “The Case for Humility,” Atlantic 121 (Feb. 1918) 222-31; “La sintesi stoica III: Dio,” RicR 4 (1928) 481-96; 5 (1929) 20-34, 109-36; “Homer and the Cult of Heroes,” TAPA 60 (1929) 57-74; God in Greek Philosophy to the Time of Socrates (Princeton, 1931).

  • Notes:

    Hack was Senior Fellow at the graduate school at Cincinnati, best remembered among students as a teacher who joined a breadth of knowledge of subjects in the classical field with a specialist's depth of knowledge in the unique problems of pre-Socratic philosophy, on which subject he wrote his most significant work. God in Greek Philosophy is an examination of the search for a lone principle to explain all things in the mystic religions and in the conception of the “divine reality” among the pre-socratics. The book is flawed by a readiness to ascribe the notion of divinity to Thales' water or Anaximander's apeiron and a tendency to infer too much from the evidence, the bane of work on the fragmentary remains of the pre-Socratics. L. A. Post called the book “concise, definite, and independent” (C7 27 [1911-2] 623).

  • Sources:

    H. D. Roelofs, Philos. Rev. 55 (July 1946) 440; WhAm 2:227.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.