MCCARTNEY, Eugene Stock

  • MCCARTNEY, Eugene Stock
Date of Birth
Born City
Born State/Country
Robert Henry & Sarah A. Haley M.
Date of Death
Death City
Ann Arbor
Death State/Country

A.B. U. Pennsylvania, 1906; Ph.D., 1911; fell. arch. AAR.


Asst. Gk. & Lat. U. Pennsylvania, 1906-9; instr. Lat. 1910-4; summ. sch., 1907-14; instr. class. Chester (PA) HS, 1909-10; instr. Lat. Princeton, 1911; fell. arch. AAR, 1914-6; instr. class. U. Texas, 1916-9; head class, dept. Evansville Coll., 1919-20; instr. class. Northwestern, 1920-22; ed. scholarly pubis. U. Michigan, 1922-53; Pres. Mich. Acad. Sci., Arts, & Letters, 1931.


"Figurative Uses of Animal Names in Latin and Their Application to Military Devices: A Study in Semantics" (Pennsylvania, 1911); printed (Lancaster, PA, 1912).


"The Genesis of Rome's Military Equipment," CW 6 (1912-3) 74-9; "The Military Indebtedness of Early Rome to Etruria," MAAR 1 (1918) 121-67; "Greek and Latin Constructions in Implied Agreement," CP 14 (1919) 185-200; "Forerunners of the Romance Adverbial Suffix," CP 15 (1920) 213-29; "Spontaneous Generation and Kindred Notions in Antiquity," TAPA 51 (1920) 101-15; "Sex Determination and Sex Control in Antiquity," AJP 43 (1922) 62-70; Warfare by Land and Sea (Boston, 1923); "Greek and Roman Lore of Animal-Nursed Infants," PMASAL 4 (1924) 15-42; "Longevity and Rejuvenation in Greek and Roman Folklore," PMASAL 5 (1925) 37-72; "How the Apple Became the Token of Love," TAPA 56 (1925) 70-81; "The 'Wooden Horse' and Folk-Lore of Touching," CJ 21 (1925-6) 112-31; "Acquired and Transmitted Characters in Greek Lore of Heredity," PMASAL 7 (1926) 21-46; "The Classical Astral Weather Chart for Rustics and for Seamen," CW20 (1926-7) 43-9, 51-4; "Verbal Homeopathy and the Etymological Story," AJP 48 (1927) 326-43; "Modifiers that Reflect the Etymology of the Words Modified, with Special Reference to Lucretius," CP 22 (1927) 184-200; "Cum Singulis Vestimentis," CP 23 (1928) 15-24; "Folk Tales which Account for the Blackness of the Raven and the Crow," PMASAL 13 (1929) 137-48; "Trespassing upon the Divine Domain: Popular Religious Superstitions," PMASAL 14 (1930) 161-86; "On the Cnossian Custom of Snatching Money from Lenders," TAPA 62 (1931) 26-39; "The Removal of Bonds from Prisoners and Slaves in Times of Stress," CP 26 (1931) 166-71; "Folklore Heirlooms," PMASAL 16 (1932) 105-210; "The Couch as a Unit of Measurement," CP 29 (1934) 30-5; "Wayfaring Signs," CP 30 (1935) 97-112; "Ancient Wit and Humor," Studies Rolfe, 191-211; "Greek and Roman References to the Netting of Quail Migrating across the Mediterranean Sea," PMASAL 25 (1939) 543-52; Recurrent Maladies in Scholarly Writing (Ann Arbor, 1953); "Aristophanes' Cold-Weather Story and Its Elaboration," CP 48 (1953) 169-72; "Undoing by Night Work Done by Day: A Folklore Motif," Studies Robinson, 2:1249-53; "Vivid Ways of Indicating Uncountable Numbers," CP 55 (1960) 79-89.


Eugene Stock McCartney won the Rome Prize in 1914 and prepared a monograph on the military indebtedness of Rome to Etruria, beginning a long scholarly career that continued despite a much-traveled early career in teaching and a full-time job as editor-in-chief of the Humanistic Studies and other series for the University of Michigan Studies. A devoted teacher and scholarly publisher in the field of folk-lore, he devoted considerable service to the Michigan academy, in whose proceedings he published much of his work.


CJ 18 (1922-3) 111-2; Wilfred B. Shaw, The University of Michigan: An Encyclopedic Survey (Ann Arbor, 1942); WhNAA 922.

Image credit: Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.

Ward W. Briggs, Jr.