North American Scholar

ROBINSON, Rodney Potter

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1890-03-15
  • Born City: Council Bluffs
  • Born State/Country: IA
  • Parents: Lyman Bartlet & Lucy Ann Lamb R.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1950-04-01
  • Death City: Cincinnati
  • Death State/Country: OH
  • Married: Rachel L. Sargent, 20 June 1931.
  • Education: Array
  • Professional Experience:

    Lat. tchr. Lexington (MO) HS, 1911-3; Anaconda (MT) HS, 1913-4; asst. prof, class. U. Cincinnati, 1920-27; prof., 1927-50; fell. grad. sch. arts & sci., 1931-45; dean grad sch., 1940-5; prof.-in-charge School of Classical Studies, AAR, 1935-7; Guggenheim fell., 1928-9.

  • Dissertation:

    "De fragmenti Suetoniani De grammaticis et rhetoribus codicum nexu et fide" (Illinois, 1920); printed Illinois University Studies in Language and Literature VI,4 (1920).

  • Publications:

    "Catullus 95," CP 10 (1915) 449-51; "Ethologia or Aetiologia in Suetonius' De Grammaticis c.4 and Quintilian i.9," CP 15 (1920) 370-9; "The Inventory of Niccola Niccoli," CP 16 (1921) 251-9; C. Suetoni Tranquilli De grammaticis et rhetoribus (ed.) (Paris: Champion, 1925). REVS: JS 1926 81 Constans | PhW 1926 1224-1230 Wessner | REL 1926 270 Ernout | Ath IV 121 | CR 1927 89 Nock | BFC XXXIII 167 Dalmasso | RBPh 1927 802 Faider | MPh XXXIV 1927 287 Muller | Gn 1927 252 Wessner | CW 1929 XXII 86 Durham; “Some Newly Discovered Fragments of Visigothic Manuscripts,” TAPA (1929) 48-56; The Germania of Tacitus (ed.) APA Philolo. Monogr. 5 (Middletown, CT: APA, 1935; repr. Hildesheim: Olms, 1991). REVS: AJPh 1936 473-477 Mendell | CR 1936 134 Marchant | REL 1936 437-439 Marouzeau | CW 1936 XXX 90 Kerns | JRS 1936 272-276 Anderson | PhW 1937 407-426 & 452-465 Gudeman | RPh 1937 145-149 Ernout | Gn 1937 257-260 Güngerich | RFIC 1937 76-78 Castiglioni | AC 1937 162-164 van de Woestijne | Emerita 1937 201-202 del Real | RBPh 1937 223-224 Herrmann | CP 1938 420-421 Laing | JS 1939 41-42 Villeneuve | MPh 1940 XLVII 296-301 Enk; Philological Studies in Honor of W. Miller (ed.) (Columbia: U. of Missouri Press, 1936). REVS: LEC 1937 643 De Ruyt | BFC 1937 XLIV 37-42 Molè | CW XXX 1937 264-266 Jones | PhW 1938 355-358 Klotz | REA 1938 87 Valette | JS 1938 85 Dehérain | RPh 1938 343 Ernout | CR 1945 77 Fletcher; “The Hersfeldensis and the Fuldensis of Ammianus Marcellinus,” in Philological Studies in Honor of W. Miller, (1936) ????; Manuscripts 27 (S. 29) and 107 (S. 129) of the Municipal Library of Autun. A Study of Spanish Half-Uncial and Early Visigothic Minuscule and Cursive Scripts MAAR 16 (Rome: AAR, 1939) REVS: CR 1940 103 Minns | REL 1940 249-250 Samaran | JS 1941 134-136 Samaran | AJPh 1942 377-378 Jones | CJ XXXVIII 1943 484-488 Dunlap; “Duo equites Romani," CW 40 (1947) 138-43.

  • Notes:

    Following service in World War I in the Army Ambulance Corps, for which he won the Croix de Guerre, Robinson completed his graduate work at Illinois under W. A. Oldfather. In Urbana he met a fellow student, Rachel Sargent, who ultimately became his wife when both were in their early forties. His Suetonius edition was well received and his Germania was reprinted 56 years after its initial publication. His career was also marked by an expert ability in palaeography and editing and Robinson specialized in Iberian palaeography, particularly Visigothic manuscripts, dividing his career between research trips to Spain, France, and Italy and decanal service to the University of Cincinnati. Despite a massive heart attack in 1941, he continued his decanal duties until his health forced him into early retirement. His wife Rachel cared for him while maintaining her own research career. 

  • Sources:

    CJ 45 (1949-50) 339; NYTimes (2 Apr. 1950) 23; WhAm 3:736.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.