North American Scholar

HADZSITS, George Depue

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1873-01-30
  • Born City: Detroit
  • Born State/Country: MI
  • Parents: George, a merchant, & Clemmy Louise Depue H.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1954-06-09
  • Death City: Philadelphia
  • Death State/Country: PA
  • Married: Gertrude Cronbach, 8 Sept. 1910.
  • Education:

    A.B. U. Michigan, 1895; A.M., 1896; Ph.D., 1902; study at ASCSR, 1900-1.

  • Professional Experience:

    Actng. asst. prof. Lat. U. Cincinnati, 1903-5; U. Wisconsin, 1905-6; res. fell, class. U. Pennsylvania, 1906-9; instr. to prof. Lat., 1909-43; vis. prof. Lat., AAR, 1929-30; Indiana U., 1943-4; Johns Hopkins, 1944-6; Swarthmore, 1947-8; prof, pharmaceutical Lat., Temple U., 1947-50; pres. CAAS, 1938-9; vis. ed. Publications of APA, 1939-41; pres. APA, 1944-5.

  • Dissertation:

    “Prolegomena to a Study of the Ethical Ideal of Plutarch and of the Greeks of the First Century A.D.” (Michigan, 1902); printed, U. Cincinnati Stud., 2d ser., II, no. 2 (1906).

  • Publications:

    “The Lucretian Invocation of Venus,” CP 2 (1907) 187-93; “The Significance of Worship and Prayer among the Epicureans,” TAPA 39 (1908) 73-88; “Aphrodite and the Dione Myth,” AJP 30 (1909) 38-53; “Personality of the Epicurean Gods,” AJP 37 (1916) 317-26; “Roman Religion,” in Religions of the Past and Present, ed. J. A. Montgomery (Philadelphia & London, 1918); “Lucretius as a Student of Roman Religion,” TAPA 49 (1918) 145-60; A Bibliographic Monograph on the Value of Classics (Philadelphia, 1921); editor-in-chief, “Our Debt to Greece and Rome” series, 44 vols., (New York, 1922-48); “The Dates of the Megalesia,” TAPA 61 (1930) 165-74; ed. Studies Rolfe; “History of the Name of the Temple of Castor in the Forum,” Studies Rolfe (Philadelphia, 1931), 101-14; The Living Language, ed. with W. L. Carr, 2 vols. (Boston & New York, 1933-4); Lucretius and His Influence (New York & London, 1935).

  • Notes:

    Hadzsits made substantial contributions to the development of classics in America in a number of regards: as a faculty member at an Ivy League university with a graduate degree program; as the author of scholarly studies on ancient Roman religion; as the editor-in-chief of an ambitious publication project; as a spokesperson for the discipline through his energetic advocacy of classics as an important and enriching field of study. A recent discussion of the 20th-century transformation of Latin pedagogy has singled out his innovative approach to the teaching of elementary Latin inasmuch as the textbook which he co-authored with W. L. Carr used “dialogues to present Latin as a language to be spoken and heard as well as read.” Recent studies have also focused attention on Hadzsits' involvement in the hierarchy of the APA in the late 1930s and early 1940s. One documents Hadzsits' efforts, particularly after assuming the editorship of the APA committee on publications, to assist the aged Alfred Gudeman, trapped in Nazi Germany, in re-obtaining U.S. citizenship and publishing his life's major work. Another examines Hadzsits' nomination (and subsequent election) to the APA presidency in 1942 as part of an “alternative slate” of candidates. These unorthodox nominations were spearheaded by colleagues eager to see Hadzsits receive due recognition for his services to the field, to remedy what they perceived as the shortcomings in the APA electoral process, to obtain greater APA representation for classicists trained and teaching at institutions in the Midwest, and to prevent a scholar of German birth (Werner Jaeger) from occupying so visible a position in the American classics establishment while the United States and Germany were at war.

  • Sources:

    Judith P. Hallett, “The Case of the Missing President: Werner Jaeger and the American Philological Association,” in Werner Jaeger Reconsidered, ed. W. M. Calder III, ICS suppl. 3 (Atlanta, 1992); Donna W. Hurley, “Alfred Gudeman, Atlanta, Georgia, 1862-Theresienstadt, 1942,” TAPA 120 (1990) 355-81; NatCAB 41:460; Mary E. Norton in Judith P. Hallett & Lee Pearcy, “Nunc Meminisse Iuvat: Classics and Classicists between the World Wars,” CW 85 (1991-2) 15; WhAm 3:356.

  • Author: Judith P. Hallett