North American Scholar

HORNSBY, Roger Allen

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1926-08-08
  • Born City: Nye
  • Born State/Country: WI
  • Parents: Huntley Burton & Lucile James H.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 2009-10-20
  • Death City: Iowa City
  • Death State/Country: IA
  • Married: Jessie Lynn Gillespie, 8 June 1960.
  • Education:

    B.A. Adelbert College of Western Reserve University, 1949; A.M. Princeton, 1951; Ph.D., 1952.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instructor, Classics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, 1954-59; asst. prof. 1959-62; asso. prof. 1962-7; prof. 1967-91; chair, Classics Dept., 1966-81; Whichard Distinguished Professor, East Carolina University, 1997-8; President, CAMWS, 1968-9; dir. APA, 1974-7; council mem., AAR, 1974; resident, 1983; trustee, 1990-2; fellow, ACLS, 1984-2000; council mem., American Numismatic Society, 1973, 1984-2000; trustee, Vergilian Society; chief reader, Advanced Placement Exam Latin IV, Educational Testing Service, 1965-69.

  • Dissertation:

    “Studies in the Reign of Valerian and Gallienus” (Princeton, 1952)

  • Publications:

    “Significant Action in the Symposion,” CJ 52 (1956) 37-40; “The Armor of the Slain,” PhQ 45 (1966) 347-359; “Ode III, 29,” CJ 54 (1958) 129-36 “The Critical Appraisal of Latin Poetry,” CJ 55 (1959) 64-68; “From Other Journals,” CJ 54 (1959) 372-4; “Horace on Art and Politics (Ode III,4) CJ 58 (1962) 97-104; “The Craft of Catullus (Carm. 4) AJP 84 (1963) 256-65; “The Vergilian Simile as Means of Judgment,” CJ 60 (1965) 337-44; Reading Latin Poetry (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1967); “The Pastor in the Poetry of Vergil,” CJ 63 (1968) 145-52; Patterns of Action in the Aeneid. An Interpretation of Vergil's Epic Similes(Iowa City: Iowa University Press, 1970) REVS: REL XLVIII 1970 576 Perret | CW LXIV 1971 204 Putnam | ACR I 1971 80 Mench | Phoenix XXV 1971 407 Bews | CPh LXVII 1972 209-213 Sullivan | CR XXII 1972 276-277 Williams | Latomus XXXI 1972 889-892 Miniconi |; Gnomon XLV 1973 305-307 von Albrecht | AJP XCIV 1973 316-317 McKay | EMC XV 1971 96-97 Barrett; “Maior nascitur ordo” in Mnemai. Classical Studies in Memory of Karl K. Hulley ed. H.D. Evjen (Chico, CA: Scholars Press, 1984) 103-120; “The Refracted Past,” Vergilius 33 (1987) 6-13.

  • Notes:

    Remembered by his students as a learned and generous but strict and exacting teacher who made Latin poetry accessible and rewarding, he put much of his classroom technique into Reading Latin Poetry, which is an exceptionally good book for teaching students to appreciate the varieties and nuances of Latin verse free from any critical ideology. His second book, Patterns of Action in the Aeneid, is a sensitive study of uses to which Virgil puts his epic comparisons. The book is only marred by the absence of any mention of Homer.

  • Sources:

    Robert Letterer, APA Newsletter (Winter 2010) 

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.