• Date of Birth: July 14, 1875
  • Born City: Ravenna
  • Born State/Country: OH
  • Parents: Eleazer, a lawyer, & Mary Lewis L.
  • Date of Death: January 24, 1957
  • Death City: Boston
  • Death State/Country: MA
  • Married: Frances Partridge, 18 Sept. 1900.
  • Education:

    A.B., A.M., Oberlin, 1897; A.M. Harvard, 1900; Ph.D. Yale, 1908; study at Berlin, 1908-9; L.H.D. Illinois Coll., 1929; College of Wooster (OH), 1940.

  • Dissertation:

    "Literary Criticism of Euripides in the Earlier Scholia and the Relation of this Criticism to Aristotle's Poetics and to Aristophanes, with a Note on the Thanatos Scene in the Alcestis" (Yale, 1908); printed (Gottingen, 1908).

  • Professional Experience:

    Prof. Lat. & Gk. Pritchett Coll. (Glasgow, Mo), 1898-9; instr. to prof. Lat. & Gk. Oberlin, 1903-41; Martin lctr., 1943; prof. anc. hist. & class, lit. Scripps Coll., 1944-9; sec.-treas. CAMWS, 1915-20; pres., 1922-3; arm. prof. AAR, 1923-4; ami. prof. ASCSA, 1928-9; dir. summ. sess., 1931-50; chair, mng. comm., 1939-50; comm. for excav. of Ath. Agora, 1939-1957; pres. AIA, 1932-7; ed. Oberlin Alumni Mag., 1904-15; Chevalier, Order of the Redeemer, Greece; pres. Bureau of University Travel, 1949-56.

  • Publications:

    Aristophanes: His Plays and Influence (Boston, 1925); The Roman Historians (Los Angeles, 1927); The Odes of Anacreon (ed.) tr. Erastus Richardson (New Haven, 1928); Orfeo of Politian, Aminta of Tasso (trans.) (London, 1931); "Pastoral Poetry" in A. Poliziano, A Translation of the Orpheus of Angela Politian (London, 1931) 1-68; "From Monte Gianicolo," in Studies Rolfe, 173-90; "The Date of Julius Caesar's Departure from Egypt," Studies Capps, 223-32; Marcus Tullius Cicero. In Catilinam I-IV, Pro Murena, Pro Sulla, Pro Flacco (trans.) LCL (Cambridge & London, 1937); Latin-Third Year, with Loura Bayne Woodruff (New York & Boston, 1939; 1951); "Blockhouses in the Argolid," Hesperia 10 (1941) 93-112; Thucydides and the World War, Martin Classical Lectures 12 (Cambridge, 1945); A History of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens 1882-1942 (Cambridge, 1947).

  • Notes:

    In a generation of growing specialization even in classical studies Louis E. Lord stands out as a striking example of a practicing generalist in the best sense of the term. Equally interested in Greek and Latin authors, in ancient history and in classical archaeology, he also devoted much of his life to the administration of professional organizations. Lord's publications, whether on Aristophanes, Thucydides, Cicero, or the Roman historians, were directed primarily to the general reader. Among his favorite themes was the impact of the classical authors, notably Aristophanes and Thucydides, on later generations down to our times. This interest led also to his translations of characteristic works of Politian and Tasso, two of the leading authors of the Italian Renaissance who themselves had been deeply influenced by classical literature. In addition to giving generously of his time to administration in his own college and community Lord was also active in professional bodies at the national level notably in the Classical Association of the Middle West and South and the Archaeological Institute of America. Both the American Academy in Rome and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens owe him much. The School in Athens in particular remembers Lord with gratitude for his service as chairman of its Managing Committee in one of the most difficult periods in its history: 1939-50. Through his first-hand knowledge of the School and his devotion to it, as well as his readiness to make critical decisions, he played a leading role in bringing the School through the war years with its physical plant intact and its staff ready to resume and indeed to broaden the familiar program.

  • Sources:

    NatCAB 47:199; WhAm 3:530.

  • Author: Homer A. Thompson