North American Scholar

REICHE, Harald Anton Thrap

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1922-02-14
  • Born City: Berlin
  • Born State/Country: Germany
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1994-07-25
  • Death City: Boston
  • Death State/Country: MA
  • Married: Irene Vojenko, 1951
  • Education:

    A.B., Harvard, 1943; A.M., 1944; Ph.D. 1955.

  • Professional Experience:

    Asst. prof. classics & philosophy, MIT, 1955-60; asso. prof. 1960-66; prof. class. & philos., 1966-91; Carnegie fell., 1955-6; Danforth assoc., 1956-7; lectr. hist. Brandeis U., 1958-61; lectr. humanities, Suffolk U., 1961-3; Guggenheim fell., 1963-4; Ford Found. vis. prof. Inst. Arch., Technical University, Berlin, 1967-8.

  • Dissertation:

    "A History of the Concepts θεοπρεπές and ἱεροπρεπές (Harvard, 1955). 

  • Publications:

    Empedocles' Mixture, Eudoxan Astronomy and Aristotele’s Connate Pneuma: with an appendix: General because First. A Presocratic Motif in Aristotele’s Theology (Amsterdam: Hakkert, 1960). REVS: CW LIV 1961 293 Kahn | CR XII 1962 93 Kerferd | Mnemosyne XV 1962 52 Wiersma | AJPh LXXXIV 1963 91-94 Solmsen; “Aristotle on Breathing in the Timaeus,” AJP 86 (1965) 404-8; “Aristotle on Breathing in the Timaeus. Textual Correction,” AJP 87 (1966) 17; “Myth and Magic in Cosmological Polemics. Plato, Aristotle, Lucretius,” RhM 114 (1971) 296-329; “Empirical Aspects of Xenophanes' Theology,” in Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy, ed. J.P. Anton & G.L. Kustas (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1971) 88-110; “Fail-Safe Stellar Dating. Forgotten Phases,” TAPA 119 (1989) 37-53; “Heraclides' Three Soul-Gates: Plato Revised,” TAPA 123 (1993) 161-80.

  • Notes:

    Harald Reiche was born in Germany and studied in Switzerland before emigrating to the United States in 1938. His family settled in Riverdale, NY, and enrolled Harald in Phillips Academy, Andover. Reiche ws naturalized in 1941 and enrolled in the U.S. Army during World War II. After receiving his doctorate, he was hired by MIT to develop the beginning humanities curriculum. He taught a variety of courses, including ancient history, Greek philosophy, and Roman political science. He and his wife hosted Sunday suppers and symposia for students at Baker House, where the couple were faculty residents from 1980-1990.  An early interest in Greek philosophy, reflected in his dissertation, led to an interest in the rarefied study of cosmology.  

  • Sources:

    MIT Tech Talk 39,2 (17 August 1994); DAS 8:441.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.