North American Scholar

REINMUTH, Oscar William

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1900-10-11
  • Born City: St. Louis
  • Born State/Country: MO
  • Parents: Henry, an engineer, & Mina Wullschläger R.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1984-10-17
  • Death City: Austin
  • Death State/Country: TX
  • Married: Catharine Anne McNaughton, 3 June 1925.
  • Education:

    A.B. Clinton Coll., 1921; study at U. Chicago, 1921-2; A.M. U. Nebraska, 1928; Ph.D. Princeton, 1931; Litt.D. U. Louisville, 1948.

  • Professional Experience:

    Head dept. langs. & registrar Canadian Jr. Coll., 1921-7; vice pres., 1924-7; instr. class. U. Nebraska, 1928-9; instr. class. Princeton, 1930-1; asst. prof, to asso. prof, class. & actng. chair U. Nebraska, 1931-7; prof, class. & head dept. U. Oklahoma, 1937-41; prof, class. U. Texas, 1941-71; vis. prof. ASCSA, 1971-2; mng. comm.; Fulbright res. schol., 1951-2.

  • Dissertation:

    "The Prefect of Egypt from Augustus to Diocletian" (Princeton, 1931); printed Klio Beiheft 34 (Leipzig, 1935; rev. ed., Aalen, 1963)

  • Publications:

    The Foreigners in the Athenian Ephebia, U. Nebraska Stud. Lang., Lit., & Crit. 9 (Lincoln, NE, 1929); "Vergil's Use of Interea: A Study of the Treatment of Contemporaneous Events in Roman Epic," AJP 54 (1933) 323-39; "The Edict of Tiberius Julius Alexander," TAPA 65 (1934) 248-59; "Two Prefectural Edicts concerning the Publicani," CP 31 (1936) 146-62; "The Prefectural Edict, I: The Praescriptio," Aegyptus 18 (1938) 3-28 [no more published]; "Alexander and the World-State," in The Greek Political Experience (Princeton, 1941) 109-24; "The Ephebate and Citizenship in Attica," TAPA 79 (1948) 211-31; "The Genesis of the Athenian Ephebia," TAPA 83 (1952) 34-50; "Praefectus Aegypti," RE 22,2 (1954), cols. 2353-78 & Suppl. 8 (1956) 525-39; "The Ephebic Inscription, Athenian Agora I 286," Hesperia 24 (1955) 220-39; "Ephebic Texts from Athens," Hesperia 30 (1961) 8-22; "An Ephebic Text of ca. 43/42 B.C. I.G., IP, 1040 and 1025," Hesperia 34 (1965) 255-72; "The Attic Archons named Apolexis," BCH 90 (1966) 93-100; "A Working List of the Prefects of Egypt, 30 B.C.to 299 A.D.," BASP 4 (1967) 75-128; The Ephebic Inscriptions of the Fourth Century B.C., Mnemosyne Suppl. 14 (Leiden, 1971); "I.G., IP, 1006 and 1301 [sic: read 1031]," Hesperia 41 (1972) 185-91; "A New Ephebic Inscription from the Athenian Agora," Hesperia 43 (1974) 246-59.

  • Notes:

    Reinmuth worked long and productively in prosopography and Greek epigraphy. His first and last books concerned the Athenian ephebia; meanwhile he assembled the definitive lists of the prefects of Egypt under the Empire, with their careers, and wrote the relevant articles in Pauly-Wissowa. By an error, for which the editors of Pauly-Wissowa apologized, his main article, given to the printers in 1940, was published in 1954 without his being given the opportunity to take account of Arthur Stein's Die Prafekten von Agypten in römischer Zeit (Bern, 1950); this omission was made good in Supplement 8 and Reinmuth issued another list of the prefects in 1968. He suffered a heartbreaking loss in 1953, while a visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study, where he often worked in summers: a substitute janitor threw his notes and photographs on ephebic inscriptions from a year in Athens, stored in a box beside his desk, into an incinerator. His collection of the fourth-century ephebic inscriptions, published in 1971, aroused controversy, particularly over his attempt to raise the accepted date for the origin of the ephebia, ca. 335 B.C., to ca. 360: see D. M. Lewis, CR n.s. 23 (1973) 254-6. His planned book on the ephebia remained unfinished. In 1943 his fluent German (he spoke four other languages nearly as well) caused the army to recruit him as captain (he was to become lieutenant colonel) with special responsibility for the reopening of German universities and other educational institutions after the war and for selecting civilian personnel for the military government in Germany. In Austin he enthusiastically taught courses, often shunned by senior professors, in Greek and Latin elements in English. When the faction around William Arrowsmith moved into his department, he suffered some isolation but remained fair-minded about personnel matters as chair and considerate of his students. He said he had no hobbies, but he was known for his prowess at softball on classical club picnics. J. P. Sullivan reported that he could mix and enjoy an excellent martini and was, in Johnson's phrase, a very clubbable man.

  • Sources:

    ConAu 37R; Marshall Knappen, And Call It Peace (Chicago, 1947); WhWh 1976-7:2604.

  • Author: Mortimer Chambers