North American Scholar

KNAPP, Charles

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1868-06-22
  • Born City: New York
  • Born State/Country: NY
  • Parents: Michael & Mary Josephine Rennert K.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1936-09-17
  • Death City: New York
  • Death State/Country: NY
  • Married: Therese Isabel Shaw, 24 June 1889.
  • Education:

    A.B. Columbia, 1887; A.M., 1888; Ph.D., 1890; Litt.D., 1929.

  • Professional Experience:

    Tutorial fell. Lat. Columbia, 1890-1; instr. Lat. & Gk., 1891-1902; adj. prof, to prof, class, philol., 1902-21; prof. Gk. & Lat., 1921-36; mem. Univ. Council, 1923-6; sec.-treas. CAAS, 1907-36; pres., 1936-7; ed. CW, 1913-36.

  • Dissertation:

    "De usu atque elocutione Auli Gelli" (Columbia, 1890); printed (New York, 1890).

  • Publications:

    "Corrections and Additions to Lewis and Short in Connection with Aulus Gellius," AJP 14 (1893) 216-25; Stories from Aulus Gellius (New York, 1895); "A Contribution to Latin Lexicography," AJP 16 (1895) 52-65; Selections from Viri Romae, ed. with R. Arrowsmith (New York, 1896); "Notes on Horace," AJP 18 (1897) 325-38; The Aeneid of Virgil Books I-VI, Selections from VII-XII (Chicago, 1901; frequently reprinted including in 1928 selections from Ovid's Metamorphoses); Roman Business Life as Seen in Horace (Chicago, 1907); "Cicero de Offlciis I, §§ 7,8," AJP 28 (1907) 56-65; "Travel in Ancient Times as Seen in Plautus and Terence," CP 2 (1907) 1-25, 281-305; "Cicero De Offlciis 2, 10," AJP 31 (1910) 66-73; "Vahlen's Ennius," AJP 32 (1911) 1-35; "Sceptical Assault on the Roman Tradition concerning the Dramatic Satura," AJP 33 (1912) 125-48; "Notes on Plautus and Terence," AJP 35 (1914) 12-31; "Studies in the Syntax of Early Latin," ibid., 268-93; "Point in the Interpretation of the Antigone of Sophocles," AJP 37 (1916) 300-16; "References to Painting in Plautus and Terence," CP 12 (1917) 143-57; "A Phase of the Development of Prose Writing among the Romans," CP 13 (1918) 138-54; "References to Literature in Plautus and Terence," AJP 40 (1919) 231-61; Selections from Ovid (Chicago, 1922; 2d ser. 1925; rev. ed., 1928); "Notes on Horace's Sermones," AJP 44 (1923) 62-6; Translations of Latin and Greek Poems of John Milton (New York, 1931).

  • Notes:

    Famous in his day as a master teacher, as editor of CW, administrator, and prolific author, Charles Knapp devoted his entire career to one institution, Columbia University, with which he was associated for over 50 years, writing his dissertation with Harry Thurston Peck and himself directing 14 dissertations, notably those of E. Adelaide Hahn, Moses Hadas, Alice E. Kober, and Meyer Reinhold. His base was at Barnard College, where he served as chair of the Department of Greek and Latin for many years, but he also gave instruction in graduate courses at Columbia.Knapp was preeminently a Latinist. Much of his energy was devoted to promoting the field of classical studies. As editor of CW for over 24 years, he was a unique figure, producing a weekly during the academic year and contributing numerous items himself. The periodical was characterized by rigorous standards, breadth of coverage, and the insertion of Knapp's own comments in the articles of others with the well-known signature < C.K. >. One of the most prolific laborers in the classical vineyard, Knapp wrote on an enormous range of topics. His bibliography comprises some 600 items, from brief notes and book reviews to major articles and books. His school texts were widely used, and his edition of the Aeneid, frequently reprinted, is still in use.

  • Sources:

    M. Hadas, CO 14 (1936-7) 15; Knapp, Bibliography of Charles Knapp 1893-1923 (Geneva, NY, 1923); G. Lodge, CJ 32 (1936-7) 189-91; Ernst Riess, CW 30 (1936-7) 11-14; WhAm 1:685.

  • Author: Meyer Reinhold