North American Scholar

OOST, Stewart Irvin

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1921-05-20
  • Born City: Grand Rapids
  • Born State/Country: MI
  • Parents: Jacob John a tool designer & Bessie Stewart O.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1981-06-11
  • Death City: Chicago
  • Death State/Country: IL
  • Education:

    B.A. U. of Chicago, 1941; M.A., 1947; Ph.D., 1950.

  • Professional Experience:

    Tchr. Starr Commonwealth for Boys (Albion, MI), 1941-2; instr.-asso. prof. hist. Southern Methodist U., 1948-59; asso. prof, to prof. anc. hist. U. Chicago, 1959-81; Ford fell. Italy, 1955-56; asso. ed. CP, 1969-78; ed., 1978-81; ed. adv., Encyclopedia Britannica (15th ed.).

  • Dissertation:

    "Roman Policy in Epirus and Acarnania in the Age of the Roman Conquest of Greece" (Chicago, 1951); printed (Dallas, 1954).

  • Publications:

    "The Roman Calendar in the Year of Pydna (168 B.C.)," CP 48 (1953) 217-30; "The Fetial Law and the Outbreak of the Jugurthine War," AJP 75 (1954) 147-59; "Cato Uticensis and the Annexation of Cyprus," CP 50 (1955) 98-112; "The Date of the Lex Mia De Repetundis," AJP 77 (1956) 19-28; "Amyander, Athamania, and Rome," CP 52 (1957) 1-15; "The Career of M. Antonius Pallas," AJP 79 (1958) 113-39; "Count Gildo and Theodosius the Great," CP 57 (1962) 27-9; "Aetius ad Majoriam," CP 59 (1964) 23-9;"Some Problems in the History of Gallia Placida," CP 60 (1965) 1-10; Gallia Placida Augusta: A Biographical Essay (Chicago & London, 1968); "D. N. Libius Severus P. F. Aug.," CP 75 (1970) 228-40; "The Tyrant Kings of Syracuse," CP 71 (1976) 224-36

  • Notes:

    Meticulous by virtue of his upbringing, committed to the ideal wissenschaftliche Objektivität as a result of his professional training, Oost taught and wrote ancient history in the belief that the evidence—once exhaustively gathered, sifted, and evaluated—could be relied on to approach, if not fully achieve, an accurate representation of "what essentially happened." The most salient feature of his own scholarship was accordingly a high respect for the ancient sources, combined with learned criticism of them; and that combination continues to characterize the work of his students.

  • Sources:

    E. A. Bassett, CP 11 (1982) 93-6; WhWh 1980-1: 2518.

  • Author: Robert A. Kaster