North American Scholar

HUBBELL, Harry Mortimer

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1881-08-30
  • Born City: Belvue
  • Born State/Country: KS
  • Parents: Mortimer Barnett & Hannah Virginia Buzzard H.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1971-02-24
  • Death City: Branford
  • Death State/Country: CT
  • Married: Alice Pendleton Clark, 5 Apr. 1916.
  • Education:

    B.A. Yale, 1902; M.A., 1905; Ph.D. 1913.

  • Professional Experience:

    Asst. princ. Waterville (NY) HS, 1902-3; mstr. Pingrey School, 1904-7; dean Pennington (NJ) School, 1907-10; instr. to prof. Lat. & Gk. Yale, 1911-34; Tallcott prof. Gk., 1934-50; editor, YCS, vols. 11-13 (1950-2) & co-editor of others through vol. 17 (1961); vis. prof. U. California, Berkeley, 1950; ann. prof. AAR, 1950-1; pres. CANE, 1932-3.

  • Dissertation:

    “The Influence of Isocrates on Cicero, Dionysius and Aristides” (Yale, 1913); printed (New Haven, 1914).

  • Publications:

    “Isocrates and the Epicureans,” CP 11 (1916) 405-18; The Rhetorica of Philodemus, Conn. Acad. Arts & Sc. 23 (1920); “Chrysostom and Rhetoric,” CP 19 (1924) 261-76; “Why Study Latin,” CP 24 (1929) 482; “Horse Sacrifice in Antiquity,” CJ 25 (1929-30) 393; “Ptolemy's Zoo,” CJ 31 (1935-6) 68-76; Cicero. The Orator (trans.) in Cicero. Brutus and Orator, LCL (Cambridge & London, 1939; 5th impr. rev., 1962); Cicero. De Inventione, De Optimo Genere Oratorum, Topica, LCL (Cambridge & London, 1949); “A Christian Liturgy from Egypt, P. 488 Yale, Sixth C,” YCS 19 (1966) 171-86; “οὐκ εἰμί,” Studies Caplan, 160-4.

  • Notes:

    Beginning with his doctoral dissertation, Harry Hubbell's chief scholarly interests were in ancient rhetoric and oratory, as evidenced by his valuable Loebs. His interests also extended to Greek composition, which he regularly taught at Yale. Students began writing different styles of Greek prose and ended writing iambic verse. He was known as “Teacher” for his devotion to students and his availability both for those needing remedial as well as for those desiring advanced work. In the words of Christopher Dawson, “He was, as one of his favorite authors might have said, not only σοφός, but φιλόσοφος, a wise man still seeking for knowledge. In temperament he was, as many testimonials attest, genial: one is reminded of Aristophanes' complimentary reference to Sophocles—εὐκολος.”

  • Sources:

    Christopher M. Dawson, YCS 22 (1972) vii-viii; WhAm 5:353.

  • Author: John Francis Latimer