North American Scholar

HOWARD, Albert Andrew

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1858-10-06
  • Born City: Palmer
  • Born State/Country: MA
  • Parents: Johnson P. & Lucy S. Richmond H.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1925-07-31
  • Death City: Cambridge
  • Death State/Country: MA
  • Married: Anna Hillrigl, 1 July 1884.
  • Education:

    A.B. Harvard, 1882; Ph.D., 1885; study at Leipzig, 1882-3; 1885-6.

  • Professional Experience:

    Prof. Lat. U. California, 1888-90; tutor to prof. Lat. Harvard, 1890-1908; Pope prof. Lat., 1908-25.

  • Dissertation:

    “De usu quodam infinitivi perfecti Latini commentatio” (Harvard, 1885); printed as “On the Use of the Perfect Infinitive in Latin with the Force of the Present,” HSCP 1 (1890) 111-38.

  • Publications:

    “The aulos or tibia,” HSCP 4 (1893) 1-60; “Notes on Suetonius,” HSCP 7 (1896) 205-14; Allen and Greenough's Shorter Latin Grammar for Schools and Academies, rev. Greenough, assisted by Howard (Boston & London, 1897); Allen and Greenough's New Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges, ed. with Greenough, G. L. Kittredge, & B. L. D'Ooge (Boston, 1903); “The Mouth-Piece of the Aulos,” HSCP 10 (1899) 19-28; “Notes on a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript of Suetonius,” HSCP 12 (1901) 261-65; “Valerius Antias and Livy,” HSCP 17 (1906) 161-82; Index Verborum C. Suetonii Tranquili, with C. N. Jackson (Cambridge, 1922).

  • Notes:

    A. A. Howard, except for the few years at Leipzig and Berkeley, devoted his whole professional career to one institution. That is, he was a loyal college man. At a time when research libraries did not exist in the United States and academic salaries were not sufficient for European travel and grants almost non-existent, Howard to his credit undertook the only sort of publication that could secure an American scholar international recognition. With a Harvard colleague he compiled a comprehensive index verborum to a major author, in his case Suetonius. The task required enviable Sitzfleisch and two books, the critical editions of Ihm and Roth. This invaluable research tool, dedicated to his wife, deserves comparison with F. L. van Cleef s for Antiphon, Monroe N. Wetmore's for Catullus and Vergil, and W. A. Oldfather's for Apuleius.Harvard undergraduates until my time still called him “Old Howard,'' the name of the most notorious burlesque house in Boston. He was loved by graduate students because he always asked the same question at oral doctoral examinations: “Discuss the literary activities of the Roman emperors.” The man, his teaching, and his other publications are forgotten. His index endureth forever.

  • Sources:

    WhAm 1:593.

  • Author: William M. Calder III