North American Scholar

LARSEN, Jakob Aall Ottesen

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1888-03-01
  • Born City: Decorah
  • Born State/Country: IA
  • Parents: Peter Laurentius, president of Luther Coll., & Ingeborg Astrup L.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1974-09-01
  • Death City: Columbia
  • Death State/Country: MO
  • Married: Clarice Grindeland, 1917.
  • Education:

    A.B. Luther Coll., 1908; A.M. State Univ. Iowa, 1910; Yale, 1910-1; B.A. Oxford (Queen's Coll.) (Rhodes Scholar), 1914; M.A., 1920; Ph.D. Harvard, 1928; LL.D. U. Vermont, 1953; D. Litt. Luther Coll., 1961.

  • Professional Experience:

    Asst. prof. hist. U. Washington, 1921-6; asst. prof, to asso. prof. Ohio State, 1926-30; asso. prof, to prof. U. Chicago, 1930-53; mng. ed. CP 1939-51; pres. APA, 1951-2; Sather prof., 1953-4; Goodwin Award, 1957; vis. prof, hist. Rutgers, 1956-7; U. Texas, 1960; U. Missouri, 1960-71; corr. fell. Brit. Acad., 1967-74.

  • Dissertation:

    "A Study of Representative Government in Greek and Roman History—Part I: Greek History" (Harvard, 1928).

  • Publications:

    "Representative Government in the Panhellenic Leagues," CP 20 (1925) 313-29; ibid. 21 (1926) 52-71; "Notes on the Constitutional Inscription from Cyrene," CP 24 (1929) 351-75; "Sparta and the Ionian Revolt: A Study of Spartan Foreign Policy and the Genesis of the Peloponnesian League," CP 27 (1932) 136-50; "The Constitution of the Peloponnesian League II," CP 29 (1934) 1-19; "The Position of Provincial Assemblies in the Government and Society of the Late Roman Empire," ibid., 209-20; "Was Greece Free between 196 and 146 b.c.?," CP 30 (1935) 193-214; "Roman Greece" in An Economic Survey of Ancient Rome, ed. Tenney Frank (Baltimore, 1938), 4:259-498; "The Price of Tiles at Delos from 210 to 180 b.c.," CP 36 (1941) 156-66; "Tituli Asiae Minoris II, 508," CP 38 (1943) 177-90, 246-55; "Federation for Peace in Ancient Greece," CP 39 (1944) 145-62; "The Acharnians and the Pay of Taxiarchs," CP 41 (1946) 91-8; "Consilium in Livy xlv. 18.6-7 and the Macedonian Synedria," CP 44 (1949) 73-90; "The Origin and Significance of the Counting of Votes," ibid., 164-81; "The Early Achaean League," Studies Robinson 2:797-815; "Cyrene and the Panhellenion," CP 47 (1952) 7-16; "A Thessalian Family under the Principate," CP 48 (1953) 86-95; "The Judgment of Antiquity on Democracy," CP 49 (1954) 1-14; Representative Government in Greek and Roman History, Sather Lectures 28 (Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1955; repr. 1966); "The Araxa Inscription and the Lydian Confederacy," CP 51 (1956) 151-69; "Orchomenus and the Formation of the Boeotian Confederacy in 447 B.C.," CP 55 (1960) 9-18; "A New Interpretation of the Thessalian Confederacy," ibid., 229-48; "Freedom and Its Obstacles in Ancient Greece," CP 57 (1962) 230-9; "Epirote Grants of Citizenship to Women," CP 59 (1964) 106-7; "The Aetolians and the Cleomenic War," Studies Caplan 43-57; The Greek Federal States: Their Institutions and History (Oxford, 1968).

  • Notes:

    J. A. O. Larsen, born on the campus of Luther College, where his father was president, was a Rhodes Scholar. A student of William Scott Ferguson at Harvard, Larsen was known principally for his research on the political status of the Greek states, although his work on Roman Greece was also important. Both of his books were published after his retirement from the University of Chicago.As Managing Editor of Classical Philology and a member of its editorial board until his death, he maintained the high standards characteristic of that journal; one always looked forward to his perceptive and incisive reviews in Classical Philology.

  • Sources:

    AmHistR 80 (June 1975) 746; CP 70 (1975) 126; DAS 74H: 362; M. Reinhold, PAPA 105 (Spring 1975) 6-7; School Calendar (Minneapolis, 1924) 403; Who's Who among Pastors of All the Norwegian Lutheran Synods of America (Minneapolis, 1928), 330-1.

  • Author: Michael P. McHugh