North American Scholar

MERRILL, Elmer Truesdell

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1860-01-01
  • Born City: Millville
  • Born State/Country: MA
  • Parents: Rev. Charles Atwood & Mary Truesdell
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1936-04-19
  • Death City: Santa Barbara
  • Death State/Country: CA
  • Married: Edith Valentine, 19 June 1890.
  • Education:

    B.A. Wesleyan U. (CT), 1881; M.A., 1889; grad. study at Wesleyan, 1881-2; Yale, 1885-6; Berlin, 1886-7; ordained deacon Prot. Epis. Ch., 1894; ordained priest, 1895; LL.D. St. Andrews (Scot.), 1911; Litt.D. Kenyon Coll., 1924; Wesleyan, 1926; D.D. Trinity Coll. (CT), 1926.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. class. Mass. St. Norm. Sch. (Westfield), 1882-3; tutor Lat. Wesleyan, 1883-6; prof. Lat. U. Southern California, 1887-8; Robert Rich prof. Lat. lang. & lit. Wesleyan, 1888-1905; prof. Lat. Iang. & lit. Trinity Coll. (Hartford, CT), 1905-8; prof. Lat. U. Chicago, 1908-25; mng. comm. ASCSR, 1895-1901; chair, 1900-1; prof. AAR, 1898-9; asso. ed. CP, 1906-36.

  • Publications:

    Catullus (Cambridge, 1893); "The Codex Riccardianus of Pliny's Letter, 33," AJP 16 (1895) 468-90; Fragments of Roman Satire from Ennius to Augustus (New York, 1897); "Some Observations on the Arch of Trajan at Beneventum," TAPA 32 (1901) 43-63; "On the Date of Pliny's Prefecture of the Treasury of Saturn," AJP 23 (1902) 400-12; Selected Letters of the Younger Pliny (London, 1903, 1919); "The Date of Notitia and Curiosum," CP 1 (1906) 133-45; "On a Bodleian Copy of Pliny's Letters," CP 2 (1907) 129-56; "The City of Servius and the Pomerium," CP 4 (1909) 420-35; "On the Eight-Book Tradition of Pliny's Letters in Verona," CP 5 (1910) 175-88; "On the Early Printed Editions of Pliny's Correspondence with Trajan," ibid., 451-66; "On Cicero to Basilus (Fam. vi.15)," CP 8 (1913) 48-56; "The Tradition of Pliny's Letters," CP 10 (1915) 8-25; "On the Date of Cic. Fam. xi.l," ibid., 241-59; "Cicero and Bithynicus," ibid., 432-7;"Cases of Treason in the Roman Commonwealth," CP 13 (1918) 34-52; "The Expulsion of Jews from Rome under Tiberius," CP 14 (1919) 365-71; "The Church in the Fourth Century," TAPA 50 (1919) 101-21; "The Attitude of Ancient Rome toward Religion," CJ 15 (1919-20) 196-215; C. Plini Secundi Epistolarum Libri Decern (Leipzig, 1922); Catulli Veronensis Liber (Leipzig & Berlin, 1923); Essays in Early Christian History (London, 1924); Selected Letters of the Younger Pliny (London, 1935).

  • Notes:

    An ordained priest, Elmer Truesdell Merrill explored throughout his life the relation of the history of Rome with that of the early Christian church. As a classicist, he is remembered for his school texts and Teubner editions of Catullus and Pliny. His essays in church history are significant for presenting new and definitive information on the early persecutions. Though he was a somewhat distant colleague and teacher, students recall a broadly learned and helpful man who engendered discussion and classwork that touched on a broad range of information^and issues on which Merrill was expert.

  • Sources:

    CV 32 (1936-7) 124; NatCAB 14:312; Gertrude Smith, DAB Suppl. 2:453-4; WhAm 1:832.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.