North American Scholar

MINYARD, John Douglas

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1943-09-16
  • Born City: Anderson
  • Born State/Country: SC
  • Parents: John Henry & Sybil Ray M.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1990-02-15
  • Death City: Greensboro
  • Death State/Country: NC
  • Married: Georgia Ann Machemer, 28 Dec. 1968.
  • Education:

    A.B. Brown, 1964; A.M., 1965; Ph.D. U. Pennsylvania, 1970.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. to asst. prof. U. Pennsylvania, 1969-77; vis. lctr. Haver-ford, 1975; asso. prof, to prof. U. North Carolina at Greensboro, 1977-90.

  • Dissertation:

    "Metrical Regularity of Expression in the De Rerum Natura of Lucretius" (Pennsylvania, 1970).

  • Publications:

    "Critical Notes on Catullus 29," CP 66 (1971) 174-81; Mode and Value in the De Rerum Natura: A Study in Lucretius' Metrical Language, Hermes Einzelschriften 39 (Wiesbaden, 1978); "Randolph of Roanoke on the Doctrine of Equality," The Southern Partisan 3 (1983) 19-21; "Which Southern Writers are Southern Writers? The Case of Peter Taylor and Randall Jarrell," The Southern Partisan 4 (1984) 51-7; Lucretius and the Late Republic: An Essay in Roman Intellectual History, Mnemosyne Suppl. 90 (Leiden, 1985); "The Best Modern Translations of Catullus," CB 61 (1985-6) 14-21; "After Sappho: Pictures," ibid., 55; "Classical Motivations in Tennessee Williams," CML 6 (1986) 287-303; "Equality, Freedom, and Excellence," University Bookman 26 (1986) 57-66; "The Source of the Catulli Veronensis Liber," CW 81 (1987-8) 343-53; "Reflections of Ovid (Looking through His Books [Metamorphoses])," "Ekphrasis: Eros / Kissing Encircling Lying Naked Bodies Together (Eclogue / After Longus)." Loblolly 1, nos. 3/4 (1988) 2-5.

  • Notes:

    Minyard's concern with major issues in intellectual history gave his scholarship a broad and compelling perspective, while his fascination with the music of words led him to view, through a classicist's lens, important writers from the American South. Ultimately, he became a poet himself in the same tradition. Classicists will know "After Sappho: Pictures," but may be unaware of his numerous contributions to literary journals, many with classical themes and allusions such as "The Birth of Venus," and "Reflections of Ovid (Looking through his Books (Metamorphoses))." Minyard was also an inspired teacher under whose guidance the Department of Classical Civilization at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, where he was professor and chair, grew rapidly in size and importance. As a scholar, colleague, artist and friend, Minyard learned his part from Socrates, compulsively seeking the truth and propelling all who knew him to a higher plane of knowledge.

  • Sources:

    Dee L. Clayman, APA Newsletter (June 1991).

  • Author: Dee L. Clayman