North American Scholar

MURLEY, Joseph Clyde

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1889-10-08
  • Born City: Earlville
  • Born State/Country: IA
  • Parents: Thomas O., a tanner, & Anna Mary Cox M.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1957-04-16
  • Death City: Iowa City
  • Death State/Country: IA
  • Married: Sarah Partridge, 12 June 1912; Florence P. Bailey, 1929.
  • Education:

    A.B. Upper Iowa U., 1909; M.A. U. Chicago, 1916; Ph.D., 1920.

  • Professional Experience:

    Prof. Lat. Memorial U. (Mason City, IA), 1910-1; Lat. tchr. Mason City (IA) HS, 1911-6; prof. Lat. & Gk. Southern Methodist U., 1916-9; instr. to prof, class, langs. Northwestern, 1920-55; Whitney found, tchng. grant U. Redlands (CA), 1955-6; vis. prof, class. State U. Iowa, 1956-7; pres. CAMWS, 1946-7; ed. CJ 1950-5.

  • Dissertation:

    "The Cults of Cisalpine Gaul as Seen in the Inscriptions" (Chicago, 1920); printed (Menasha, WI, 1922),

  • Publications:

    "Συκοφάντης and Σύκινος," CP 16 (1921) 199-200; "The Accusative of Exclamation: Seneca to Juvenal," with Roy C. Flickinger, CP 18 (1923) 162-9; "Cicero's Attitude towards Lucretius," CP 23 (1928) 289-91; "Reflection and Commentary at the Beginning of a Verse," AJP 49 (1928) 354-60; "The Structure and Proportion of Catullus LXIV," TAPA 68 (1937) 305-17; "Was Catullus Present at Sestius' Dinner?," CP 33 (1938) 206-8; "Lucretius and the History of Satire," TAPA 70 (1939) 380-95; "Plato's Phaedrus and Theocritean Pastoral," TAPA 71 (1940) 281-95; "Theocritus xxv.276-77," CP 36 (1941) 65; "Lucretius, De Rerum Natura, Viewed as Epic," TAPA 78 (1947) 336-46.

  • Notes:

    Clyde Murley was a multi-faceted classicist during his 35 years at Northwestern whose activities in various fields were marked by unusual sensitivity and enthusiasm. His particular interest was in the training and assistance of secondary teachers of Latin. For five years (1948-52) he prepared at his own expense a regular bulletin, Latin Week, which aimed to give cultural and historical background material to aid teachers in their classes. As a teacher himself he was equally energetic and considerate, whether teaching large introductory classes or small seminars. He was devoted to his students and would always have time for help outside class. According to Grundy Steiner he chose not to write form rejections as editor of CJ, but instead wrote detailed letters of careful and encouraging criticism. His scholarship developed from an interest in the philosophy of Lucretius and Seneca, with an enduring interest in the Roman poets.

  • Sources:

    Delaware Co. Iowa Genealogical Soc; Northwestern U. archives; Grundy Steiner, CJ 53 (1957-8) 222; Upper Iowa U. archives.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.