North American Scholar


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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1909-04-27
  • Born City: Copenhagen
  • Born State/Country: Denmark
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1984-02-13
  • Death City: Westerose
  • Death State/Country: AB
  • Married: Margaret Abrahams, 17 Nov. 1933.
  • Education:

    M.A. U. Copenhagen, 1933; Ph.D., ca. 1939.

  • Professional Experience:

    Librarian-lctr. U. Aarhus (Denmark), 1942-47; columnist in Denmark, 1947-52; farmer Alberta, 1957; librarian U. Alberta, 1965-7; asso. prof, class. & med. studies, 1967-71; prof, class., 1971-4; created summer school on art & archaeology in Rome, 1967.

  • Dissertation:

    “Studien über den italischen und den römischen Mars,” trans. F. Glode (Copenhagen, 1940).

  • Publications:

    Queen Isabella's Household Book, ed. with F. D. Blackley (Edmonton, 1971); Ostia: Aspects of Roman City Life (Edmonton, 1981).

  • Notes:

    After his academic career in Denmark was interrupted by the war (during which he acted bravely in the underground resistance), Gus Hermansen emigrated to Canada and worked for a while in a variety of occupations, including farming, broadcasting, and journalism, before accepting a position at the University of Alberta in 1967, where he quickly established himself as a mainstay of the department. He immediately organized the university's summer course in Italy and taught it annually, and his activities in promoting Canadian-Italian connections were a precursor to the establishment of the Canadian Academic Centre in Italy. His early book on Mars is still basic, and his 1981 book on Ostia was well received, e.g. by R. Meiggs in 7X5 (19 Nov. 1982).

  • Sources:

    Alberta Report (27 Feb. 1984) 43; Edmonton Journal (18 Nov. 1975) 53; (15 Feb. 1984) B2; A. M. Small, EMC n.s. 3 (1984) 300-2.

  • Author: Duncan Fishwick / Robert L. Fowler