North American Scholar

PRENTICE, William Kelly

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1871-10-28
  • Born City: New York
  • Born State/Country: NY
  • Parents: William Packer, a lawyer, & Florence Kelly P.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1964-12-13
  • Death City: Princeton
  • Death State/Country: NJ
  • Married: Aline Burwell Glenny, 28 May 1907; Maria Woodward Baldwin Hamill, 4 May 1917.
  • Education:

    A.B. Princeton, 1892; A.M. 1895; study at Princeton Theol. Sem., 1893-4; Marburg, 1894; Halle, 1897-9; Ph.D. Halle, 1900.

  • Professional Experience:

    Undermaster Lawrenceville (NJ) School, 1892-3; instr. to prof. Gk. Princeton, 1894-1938; Ewing prof. Gk. lang. & lit., 1938-40; Am. exped. to Syria, 1899-1900; Princeton U. exped., 1904-5; ann. prof. ASCSA, 1908-9; Sather prof., 1918; mem. ACLS, 1921-9; bd. mngrs. NJ Children's Home Soc.

  • Dissertation:

    "De Bacchylide Pindari artis socio et imitatore" (Halle, 1900).

  • Publications:

    Die Bauinschriften des Heiligthums (Berlin, 1902); Greek and Latin Inscriptions (New York, 1908); "XMT, a Symbol of Christ," CP 9 (1914) 410-6; "Sappho," CP 13 (1918) 347-60; "Thucydides and Cratippus," CP 22 (1927) 399-408; "How Thucydides Wrote His History," CP 25 (1930) 117-27; Richard Volkmann, The Rusted Knight and Other Stories (trans.) (Boston, 1933); The Ancient Greeks: Studies toward a Better Understanding of the Ancient World (Princeton & London, 1940); Those Ancient Dramas Called Tragedies (Princeton & London, 1942); Eight Generations: The Ancestry, Education and Life of William Packer Prentice (Princeton, 1947); "Themistogenes of Syracuse: An Error of a Copyist," AJP 68 (1947) 73-7; The Gospel of the Kingdom of God: A Study (Boston, 1953).Festschrift: The Greek Political Experience: Studies in Honor of WilliamKelly Prentice, ed. Norman T. Pratt (Princeton, 1941).

  • Notes:

    William Kelly Prentice taught Greek history, tragedy, and epigraphy at Princeton for 46 years. He entered Princeton at the age of 16 and at the time of his death was the last surviving member of his class. He received his M.A. while teaching there. He was the seventh Sather Professor and his three lectures, (1) miscellaneous, (2) the tragedians, and (3) historical criticism of the Greek historians, were never published. His most important works were his publications of the American Archaeological Expedition to Syria. His grandfather was a founder of the Century Association in New York, to which Prentice belonged. He instituted and assembled the Epigraphical Museum at Princeton.

  • Sources:

    NatCAB 50:493; NYTimes (15 Dec. 1964) 43; WhAm 4:765.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.