North American Scholar

HEWITT, Joseph William

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1875-08-23
  • Born City: Leeds
  • Born State/Country: England
  • Parents: Hosea & Martha Ann Allen H.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1938-07-08
  • Death City: Middletown
  • Death State/Country: CT
  • Married: Evelyn S. Clark, 24 June 1903.
  • Education:

    A.B. Bowdoin, 1897; M.A., 1899; Litt.D., Bowdoin, 1927; A.M. Harvard, 1900; Ph.D., 1902.

  • Professional Experience:

    Asst. Lat. & Gk. Bowdoin, 1897-8; princ. Hanover (NH) HS, 1898-9; instr. Lat., Worcester Acad. (MA), 1902-3; Lat. mstr., 1903-5; asso. prof. Gk. & Lat. Wesleyan (CT), 1905-13; prof, class., 1913-29; Seney prof. Gk. lang. & lit., 1929-38; dean of freshmen, 1925-38; sec.-treas. APA, 1925-31; ed. publ., 1931-5; mng. comm. ASCSA, 1923-39.

  • Dissertation:

    “De rationibus Iovis Graecorum placandi capitula” (Harvard, 1902); printed, “The Propitiation of Zeus,” HSCP 19 (1908) 61-120.

  • Publications:

    “The Major Restrictions on Access to Greek Temples,” TAPA 40 (1909) 83-91; Xenophon. Anabasis I-TV, with M. W. Mather (New York & Cincinnati, 1910); “The Necessity of Ritual Purification after Justifiable Homicide,” TAPA 41 (1910) 99-113; “On the Development of the Thank-Offering among the Greeks,” TAPA 43 (1912) 95-111; “The Thank-Offering and Greek Religious Thought,” TAPA 45 (1914) 77-90; “Some Aspects of the Treatment of Ingratitude in Greek and English Literature,” TAPA 48 (1917) 37-48; “The Development of Political Gratitude,” TAPA 55 (1924) 35-51; “The Terminology of 'Gratitude' in Greek,” CP 22 (1927) 142-61; “The Image in the Sand,” CP 30 (1935) 10-22.

  • Notes:

    Hewitt specialized in aspects of Greek religion but is chiefly remembered as a man who dedicated himself to service: to the APA as secretary-treasurer and as editor of its publications; to Wesleyan students as dean of freshmen, to his church as teacher of a Sunday school class for 25 years, and to his community as elected member and president of the Middletown Board of Education. His Xenophon text is still in print and widely used. At the time of his sudden death he had been gathering into book form his researches on gratitude in the ancient world.

  • Sources:

    J. W. Spaeth, CJ 34 (1938-9) 118-9; WhWh 1938-9:1199.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.