North American Scholar

PECK, Tracy

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  • Date of Birth: 1838-05-24
  • Born City: Bristol
  • Born State/Country: CT
  • Parents: Tracy & Sally Adams P.
  • Date of Death: 1921-11-24
  • Death City: Rome
  • Death State/Country: Italy
  • Married: Elizabeth Harriet Hall, 22 Dec. 1870.
  • Education:

    A.B. Yale, 1861; study at Berlin, Jena, & Bonn, 1861-4; M.A. Yale, 1864; study at Berlin & Rome, 1867-9.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. Lat. & math. Chickering Class. Inst. (Cincinnati), 1870-1; tutor Lat. Yale, 1864-6; prof. Lat. lang. & lit. Cornell, 1871-80; prof. Lat. lang. & lit. Yale, 1880-1908; pres. APA, 1885-6; dir. ASCSR, 1899-1900; gen. ed. with C. L. Smith of "College Series of Latin Authors."

  • Publications:

    "The Authorship of the Dialogus de Oratoribus," TAPA 10 (1879) 105-10; "Notes on Latin Quantity," TAPA 13 (1882) 50-9; "Alliteration in Latin," TAPA 15 (1884) 58-65; "Onomotopoetic Words in Latin," Studies Drisler, 226-39; "Cicero's Hexameters," TAPA 28 (1897) 60-74; Livy Books XXI and XXII, with J. B. Greenough (Boston, 1900).

  • Notes:

    A brilliant teacher rather than author of scholarly works, Peck was famous for the elegance of his Latin style, in both prose and verse, and for his expert knowledge of the city of Rome. He published numerous essays in The Nation, The New Englander, and The Cornell Review. A gifted speaker, in his Phi Beta Kappa speech at Yale in 1907 he suggested the nomination and election of William Howard Taft as president of the United States. He maintained a deep knowledge of Latin epigraphy and literature and so loved the city of Rome, which he first visited in 1868, that following his retirement he moved to that city, where he died and was buried.

  • Sources:

    G. Showerman, CJ 17 (1921-2) 339-40; C. Y. Mendell, DAB 14:382-3.

  • Author: Meyer Reinhold