North American Scholar

KEEP, Robert Porter

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1844-04-26
  • Born City: Farmington
  • Born State/Country: CT
  • Parents: Rev. John R., a minister & tchr. & Rebecca Porter K.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1904-06-03
  • Death City: Farmington
  • Death State/Country: CT
  • Married: Margaret Vryling Haines, 23 Dec. 1879; Elizabeth V. Hale, 6 July 1897.
  • Education:

    A.B. Yale, 1865; Ph.D., 1869; study in Germany & Italy, 1871-4.

  • Professional Experience:

    Tchr. Post School (West Point," NY), 1865-7; tutor Gk. Yale, 1867-9; U.S. Consul, Piraeus, Athens, Greece, 1869-71; Gk. tchr. Wil-liston Sem. (Easthampton, MA), 1876-85; princ. Norwich Free Acad., 1885-1903.

  • Dissertation:

    "Quintilian: His Life, Times, and Work" (Yale, 1869).

  • Publications:

    "Mr. Isaac Taylor's 'Etruscan Researches'," PAPA 5 (1874) 29-31; "Ernst Curtius," International Review (Nov. 1875); Georg Gottlieb Autenrieth, A Homeric Dictionary for Schools and Colleges (trans.) (New York, 1877; rev. Isaac Flagg, New York & Cincinnati, 1904); Parallel Rules of Greek and Latin Syntax, with James Morris Whiton (Boston, 1877); The Essential Uses of the Moods in Greek and Latin (Boston, 1879); "On the Monasteries of Mt. Athos," TAP A 15 (1884) xxiii-xxiv; Greek Lessons (New York, 1885); The Iliad of Homer Books I-VI (Boston, 1883); "Ernst Curtius," AJP 19 (1898) 121-37; Stories from Herodotus and the Seventh Book of the History, 2d ed. (New York, Cincinnati, 1907); Heinrich Heine, Die Harzreise (ed.) (Boston & New York, 1916).

  • Notes:

    Robert Porter Keep is remembered for his innovative school curriculum and for his translation of Autenrieth's Homeric Dictionary, which remains in print today. After receiving his doctorate and serving in the diplomatic corps, he not only studied with Ernst Curtius in Berlin, but lived in his home for a number of months. As principal of the Free Academy, he developed a curriculum that included vocational courses in such lines as bookbinding and cooking; he established the Norwich Art School, and the Norwich Normal School. He was admired by his colleagues and students for his integrity and for the breadth of his interests in literature and the arts.

  • Sources:

    DAB 10:286-7; WhAm 1:660.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.