North American Scholar
MILLER, Charles William Emil
A.B. Johns Hopkins, 1882; Ph.D., 1886.
- Professional Experience:
Instr. Milton Acad. (Baltimore), 1885-8; prof. Lat. & Gk. Peoria (IL) HS, 1888-90; prof. Lat. & Engl. Walther Coll. (St. Louis), 1890-1; spec. asst. to Gildersleeve at Johns Hopkins, 1891-2; associate in Gk., 1892-7; asso. prof, to prof. Gk., 1897-1925; Francis White prof. Gk., 1925-33; asst. ed. AJP, 1916-8; mng. ed., 1918-20; ed. 1920-33; pres. CAAS, 1926-7.
"The Participle in Pindar" (Johns Hopkins, 1886); summarized in B.L. Gildersleeve, "On the Stylistic Effect of the Greek Participle," AJP 9 (1886) 149-50.
"The Limitation of the Imperative in the Attic Orators," TAPA 23 (1892) xxix-xxxix, expanded at AJP 13 (1892) 399-436; "The Imperfect and Aorist in Greek," AJP 16 (1895) 139-85; Syntax of Classical Greek from Homer to Demosthenes, Part I with B. L. Gildersleeve (New York, 1900); Part II (New York, 1911); "Hephaestion and the Anapest in the Aristophanic Trimeter," TAPA 34 (1903) 49-59; "The Vocative in Apollonius Rhodius," AJP 24 (1903) 197-9; "Metres of Teb-tunis Papyri," ibid., 236-8; "Historical Tenses in Greek," AJP 29 (1908) 245-6; "οὖτος and ὅδε," ibid., 378-9; "On τὸ δέ = 'Whereas'," TAPA 39 (1908) 121-46; "Ne Extra Oleas," AJP 35 (1914) 456-62; "Note on the Use of the Article before the Genitive of the Father's Name in Greek Papyri," AJP 37 (1916) 341-8; "The Pronunciation of Greek and Latin Prose, or, Ictus, Accent, and Quantity in Greek and Latin Prose and Poetry," TAPA 53 (1922) 169-97; "Address in Memory of Professor Gildersleeve," TAPA 56 (1925) xxviii-xxxii; Selections from the Brief Mention of Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve (Baltimore, 1930).
C. W. E. Miller was dissuaded from making a career in music by the teaching and example of B. L. Gildersleeve, whom he served in a variety of positions for over 30 years. The bulk of his career was devoted to AJP of which he was functionally managing editor before such a post was created. He spent his life in virtually anonymous toil checking references, improving expression, and generally maintaining the excellence of AJP, Gildersleeve's Syntax and Selections from the Brief Mention of B. L. Gildersleeve.Gildersleeve called him "accurate and painstaking and [he] knows as much about syntax as I do," but his passion for accuracy was so intense that it exasperated even the demanding Gildersleeve. Miller was hired in 1891 to compile an index to the five volumes of manuscript on Greek syntax that Gildersleeve had begun while at Virginia. The basic work of investigation and compilation had been completed, and Miller completed the index the next year, yet the first volume did not appear until 1900; the second volume in 1911. "His deliberateness and meticulousness are the real cause of the abrupt termination of our joint work on the Syntax.'' He was equally painstaking in compiling Gildersleeve's bibliography (now superseded) and one of the most complete indexes anywhere for Selections. He ultimately succeeded his master as editor of AJP and as Francis White Professor of Greek.Reserved from his students and a constant worker, he seemed to socialize only rarely. His student J. R. Oliver said, "If any man ever gave his whole life to his work and to his teaching, Dr. Miller was surely he. Night after night, one would find the light burning in his office in Gilman Hall or would see him slipping quietly out of the building after midnight." He knew and loved a wide range of literature, but he was always a true grammarian, aloof in a world of forms and citations. He hoped in later life to write a syntax of Aristophanes, but death overcame him
The Letters of Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve, ed. Ward W. Briggs, Jr. (Baltimore, 1987) 241, 304; J. R. Oliver, AJP 56 (1935) 1-4; WhAm 1:839-40.
- Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.