North American Scholar

KEYES, Clinton Walker

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1888-09-17
  • Born City: Monterey
  • Born State/Country: MA
  • Parents: G. L. Keyes & wife.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1943-08-05
  • Death City: Monterey
  • Death State/Country: MA
  • Married: Minnie S. Sparrow.
  • Education:

    A.B. Princeton, 1910; Ph.D., 1913.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. class. Princeton, 1913-5; U. North Carolina, 1915-7, 1918-20; instr. to prof. Gk. & Lat. Columbia, 1920-43; exec, of dept., 1937-43.

  • Dissertation:

    "The Rise of the Equites in the Third Century of the Roman Empire" (Princeton, 1913); printed (Princeton, 1915).

  • Publications:

    "The Date of the Laterculus Veronensis," CP 11 (1916) 196-201; "The Constitutional Position of the Roman Dictatorship," StPhil 14 (1917) 298-305; "Original Elements in Cicero's Ideal Constitution," AJP 42 (1921) 309-23; "The Structure of Heliodorus' Aethiopica" StPhil 19 (1922) 42-51; Cicero. De Re Publico, De Legibus (trans.), LCL (London & New York, 1928); "The Petition of a State Farmer in Roman Egypt," CP 23 (1928) 25-9; "Papyrus Fragments of Extant Greek Literature," AJP 50 (1929) 255-65, 409; "Two Papyrus Fragments of Homer," ibid., 386-9; "Syntaximon and Laographia in the Arsinoite Nome," AJP 52 (1931) 263-9; Tax-Lists and Transportation Receipts from Theadelphia, ed. with W. L. Westermann (New York, 1932); Home Study Courses in Homer's Odyssey, Greek Tragedy and Latin Lyric for Columbia University Extension Teaching (New York, 1933); Zenon Papyri: Business Papers of the Third Century B. C. Dealing with Palestine and Egypt, ed. with Westermann & Elizabeth Sayre Hasenoehrl (New York, 1934); "The Greek Letter of Introduction," AJP 56 (1935) 28-44; "Four Private Letters from the Columbia Papyri," CP 30 (1935) 141-50; "A New Papyrus Fragment of the Oresteia," CP 33 (1938) 411-3; "Did Cicero Complete the De LegibusV AJP 58 (1937) 403-17; "Half-Sister Marriage in New Comedy and the Epidicus," TAPA 71 (1940) 217-29.

  • Notes:

    Although Clinton Walker Keyes made a valuable contribution to the Cicero translations in the Loeb series, published numerous papers on classical subjects, and was sufficiently skilled as an epigraphist to contribute fascicles to Olcott's Dictionary of Latin Inscriptions, he was principally known as a papyrologist in the group centered around W. L. Westermann that published the papyri in the collection of Columbia University. In the words of Nelson McCrea, "Professor Keyes was . . . innately averse to extreme positions in any argument, relying rather on the intrinsic powers of reason and logic to sift out the elements of truth in opposing contentions. In all his relations with his fellow-beings, whether as scholar, teacher, administrator, or associate, he was the embodiment of a pervasive kindliness of disposition coupled with a high serenity of spirit, an aequus animus for which Horace would have praised him."

  • Sources:

    Nelson G. McCrea, C/39 (1943-4) 319-20.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.