North American Scholar

MURRAY, Augustus Taber

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  • Date of Birth: 1866-10-29
  • Born City: New York
  • Born State/Country: NY
  • Parents: Robert Lindley & Ruth Sherman Taber M.
  • Date of Death: 1940-03-08
  • Death City: San Francisco
  • Death State/Country: CA
  • Married: Nella Howland, 2 Sept. 1891.
  • Education:

    A.B. Haverford, 1885; Ph.D. Johns Hopkins, 1890; study at Leipzig & Berlin, 1890.

  • Dissertation:

    "On Parody and Paratragoedia in Aristophanes, with Especial Reference to His Scenes and Situations" (Johns Hopkins, 1890); printed (Berlin, 1891).

  • Professional Experience:

    Prof. Gk. Earlham Coll. (Richmond, IN), 1888-90; Colorado Coll., 1891-2; Stanford U., 1892-1932; ann. prof. ASCSA, 1922-3.

  • Publications:

    Greek Composition for Colleges (Chicago, 1902); "The Interpretation of Euripides' Alcestis" Studies Gildersleeve (Baltimore, 1902) 329-338; The Antigone of Sophocles (trans, with H. R. Fairclough) (San Francisco, 1902); "On a Use of AOKQ," CP 5 (1910) 488-93; Anabasis of Xenophon (Chicago & New York, 1914); "On the Disposition of Spoil in the Homeric Poems," AJP 38 (1917) 186-93; The Odyssey of Homer (trans.), LCL, 2 vols. (London & New York, 1919); The Iliad of Homer (trans.), LCL, 2 vols. (London & New York, 1925); Four Plays of Euripides (trans.) (Stanford & London, 1931); The Private Orations of Demosthenes (trans.), LCL, vol. 4 (Cambridge & London, 1936), vol. 5 & 6 (1939); A Selection from the Religious Poems of John Greenleaf Whittier (Philadelphia, 1934).

  • Notes:

    Murray was born on his grandfather's estate in Manhattan in the area now known as Murray Hill. He was one of those Americans who made their way not through scientific philology, like his mentor Gildersleeve, but rather, like his colleague H. R. Fairclough, through contributing highly useful, if arch and archaic, translations to the Loeb Series. His skill as a translator is evident in his Homer and Demosthenes volumes, still in print, though his predilection was for Greek Comedy. An active Quaker, he attended a Quaker college, was minister of the Friends' meeting in Palo Alto and was given a leave of absence by Stanford's president Hoover to serve as minister of the Friends' meeting in Washington, DC.

  • Sources:

    NatCAB 30:167-8; WhAm 1:883.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.