North American Scholar

PIKE, Joseph Brown

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1886-01-22
  • Born City: Chicago
  • Born State/Country: IL
  • Parents: Joseph Hamilton & Anna Augusta Kennedy P.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1938-11-01
  • Death City: Palo Alto
  • Death State/Country: CA
  • Married: Helen Lyall, 26 June 1895.
  • Education:

    B.A. U. Minnesota, 1890; M.A., 1891; study at Sorbonne, 1890.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. French & Lat. U. Minnesota, 1892-4; instr. to prof. Lat., 1897-36; head Lat. dept., 1903-34.

  • Publications:

    Gai Suetonii Tranquilli De Vita Caesarum libri iii-vi (Boston, 1903); The Short Stories of Apuleius (Boston, 1918); Bulletin for Latin Teachers (Minneapolis, 1915); Classical Studies and Sketches (Minneapolis, 1931); Frivolities of Courtiers and Footprints of Philosophers, Being a Translation of the First, Second, and Third Books and Selections from the Seventh and Eighth Books of the Policraticus of John of Salisbury (Minneapolis & London, 1938).

  • Notes:

    Pike devoted his entire career to his alma mater, where he was esteemed as a teacher and colleague. He chaired the Latin Department for over 30 years, maintaining harmony with a modest confidence and understated authority. A collection of his papers, Classical Studies and Sketches, shows the range of his interests (Latin, French, and English literature) and the clarity of his thought. He devoted his brief retirement to a translation of the Policraticus of John of Salisbury, which was published after his death. As a testament to his lifelong devotion to the University of Minnesota, he bequeathed his library of over 2,000 volumes, part of which was housed in the Arthur Upson Room at the University Library.

  • Sources:

    CJ 34 (1938-9) 505-6; University of Minnesota Archives; WhAm 4:754.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.