North American Scholar

HARRER, Gustave Adolphus, Jr

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1886-05-14
  • Born City: Brooklyn
  • Born State/Country: NY
  • Parents: Gustave Adolphus & Letitia Morrison H.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1943-11-26
  • Death City: Chapel Hill
  • Death State/Country: NC
  • Married: Florence M. Wagner, 8 July 1914.
  • Education:

    A.B. Princeton, 1910; Ph.D., 1913.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. class. Princeton, 1913-15; instr. to prof. Lat. U. North Carolina, 1915-34; Kenan prof. Lat., 1934-43; head dept. Lat., 1936-43; head dept. class., 1938-43; chair div. hum., 1940-3; pres. CAMWS, 1933-4; asso. ed. CJ 1934-43.

  • Dissertation:

    “Studies in the History of the Roman Province of Syria” (Princeton, 1913); printed (Princeton, 1915).

  • Publications:

    “The Genuineness of Cicero's Pro Murena” CP 9 (1914) 83-4; “Was Arrian Governor of Syria?,” CP 11 (1916) 338-9; “Consules Suffecti in the Years 98 to 101, StudPhil 13 (1916) 199-208; “Tacitus Agricola 44.1,” CP 12 (1917) 197-8; “Senatorial Speeches and Letters in Tacitus' Annals,” StudPhil 15 (1918) 333-43; “Tacitus and Tiberius,” AJP 41 (1920) 57-68; “A Thirteenth-Century Fragment of Justinian's Digest,” with J. S. Moffatt, StudPhil 17 (1920) 361-78; “Precedent in Roman Law,” ibid. 19 (1922) 52-63; Greek Literature in Translation, with George Howe (New York, 1924); “The Site of Cicero's Villa at Arpinum,” StudPhil 21 (1924) 541-70; “Res Gestae Divi Augusti,” StudPhil 23 (1926) 387-403; “Some Verses of Cicero,” StudPhil 25 (1928) 70-91; A Handbook of Classical Mythology, with George Howe (New York, 1929); “Some Characteristics of Roman Lettering and Writing,” StPhil 28 (1931) 1-17; “Fasti Consulares,” with A. I. Suskin, AJA 43 (1939) 278-84.

  • Notes:

    G. A. Harrer, historian and epigraphist, was a student of Abbott and Magie at Princeton before beginning his long career at the University of North Carolina. Despite his inordinate attention to administrative service and classroom work, Harrer wrote over 20 scholarly articles on Roman history and epigraphy, but his best-known scholarly work may be his dissertation on Syria. His most popular works were his anthologies of translations from Greek and Latin and his handbook of mythology, all written with his colleague, George Howe.

  • Sources:

    J. P. Harland, “Gustave Adolphus Harrer,” CJ 39 (1943-4) 323-5; WhAm 2:236.

  • Author: Lawrence J. Thompson