North American Scholar

KENT, John Harvey

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1909-05-07
  • Born City: Truro
  • Born State/Country: NS
  • Parents: Harry Arnold & Edith Fraser K.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1966-09-27
  • Death City: Burlington
  • Death State/Country: VT
  • Married: Virginia Lee Bowen, 19 Dec. 1940.
  • Education:

    Study at Dalhousie U. (Halifax, NS), 1925-6; B.A. Queen's U., 1930; M.A., 1934; Ph.D. U. Chicago, 1943; mem. IAS, summers 1946-8.

  • Professional Experience:

    Lctr. to asst. prof, class. Dalhousie U., 1930-6; class, mstr. McCallie Sch. (Chattanooga, TN), 1940-5; asso. prof, to prof, class. Southwestern Coll., 1945-50; Roberts prof, class. U. Vermont, 1950-66; dean grad. coll., 1953-60; Wheeler fell. ASCSA, 1940; Fulbright res. fell. (Greece), 1949-50; pres. N.E. Conf. Grad. Educ, 1959-60; pres. CANE, 1964-5.

  • Dissertation:

    "The Temple Estates of Delos, Rheneia, and Mykonos" (Chicago, 1943); printed, Hesperia 17 (1948) 243-338.

  • Publications:

    "The Intercalary Year 157-156 B.C.," Hesperia 16 (1947) 224; "A Byzantine Statue Base at Corinth," Speculum 25 (1950) 544-6; "The Victory Monument of Timoleon at Corinth," Hesperia 21 (1952) 9-18; "Stamped Amphora Handles from the Delian Temple Estates," Studies Robinson 11:127-34; Corinth. The Inscriptions (1926-1950). Results of the Excavations Conducted by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens VIII, 3 (Princeton, 1966).

  • Notes:

    Kent gained valuable on-site experience in Greece during his stay at the ASCSA to complete his dissertation, upon which he drew for publications in subsequent years. Though he maintained a heavy teaching schedule at Vermont, he was able to develop a considerable reputation as an epigraphist with the mutual support of his colleague B. H. Hill, who worked on Priene. His great work is his edition of nearly 1,000 years of Corinthian inscriptions, which he himself photographed and edited. Kent's knowledge of the chronology of the ancient letters led him to posit the date at which Latin became the official language at Corinth (under Marcus Aurelius). It was the product of over 20 years of labor, and Sterling Dow called it "a model volume" (AHR 72 [1966-7] 1359).

  • Sources:

    WhAm 4:522.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.