North American Scholar

ROGERS, Robert Samuel

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1900-12-05
  • Born City: Madison
  • Born State/Country: NJ
  • Parents: Robert William, an educator, & Ida Virginia Ziegler R.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1968-01-02
  • Death City: Wilmington
  • Death State/Country: DE
  • Married: Dorothy Elizabeth Taylor, 17 June 1926.
  • Education:

    A.B. U. Pennsylvania, 1920; A.M. Princeton, 1921; A.M. Columbia, 1922; Ph.D., Princeton, 1923; Carter mem. fell., AAR, 1923-4.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. class. Princeton, 1924-8; asst. prof, class. Western Reserve U., 1928-37; prof. Lat. & Roman studies Duke U., 1937-68; chair dept., 1940-62; chair class, stud., 1962-6; lctr. Lat. Johns Hopkins, 1939-40; vis. prof. Lat. U. North Carolina, 1961-2; 1964-5; pres. APA, 1960-1.

  • Dissertation:

    "An Epigraphical Commentary on Tacitus' Annals, Books I-VI" (Princeton, 1924)

  • Publications:

    "Lucius Arruntius," CP 26 (1931) 31-45; "Quinti Veranii, Pater et Filius," ibid., 172-7; "The Conspiracy of Agrippina," TAPA 62 (1931) 141-68; "Fulvia Paulina C. Sentii Saturnini," AJP 53 (1932) 252-6; "Ignorance of the Law in Tacitus and Dio: Two Instances from the History of Tiberius," TAPA 64 (1933) 18-27; Criminal Trials and Criminal Legislation under Tiberius, APA Philolo. Monogr. 6 (Mid-dletown, CT, 1935); Caesaris Augusti Res Gestae et Fragmenta, with K. Scott & M. M. Ward (New York, 1935); "Tiberius' Reversal of an Augustan Policy," TAPA 71 (1940) 532-6; "Drusus Caesar's Tribunician Power," AJP 61 (1940) 457-9; "The Prefects of Egypt under Tiberius," TAPA 72 (1941) 365-71; Studies in the Reign of Tiberius. Some Imperial Virtues of Tiberius and Drusus Julius Caesar (Baltimore, 1943); "Domitius Afer's Defense of Cloatilla," TAPA 76 (1945) 264-70; "The Roman Emperors as Heirs and Legatees," TAPA 78 (1947) 140-58; "A Criminal Trial of A.D. 70 (Tacitus, Histories 4.44)," TAPA 80 (1949) 347-50; "Cicero, Ad Familiares 3.11.2 and the Lex Cornelia Maiestatis," TAPA 82 (1951) 196-9; "A Tacitean Pattern in Narrating Treason-Trials," TAPA 83 (1952) 279-311; "The Neronian Comets," TAPA 84 (1953) 237-49; "Heirs and Rivals to Nero," TAPA 86 (1955) 190-212; "The Emperor's Displeasure—amicitiam renuntiare," TAPA 90 (1959) 224-37; "A Group of Domitianic Treason-Trials," CP 55 (1960) 19-23; "The Case of Cremutius Cordus," TAPA 96 (1965) 351-9; "The Emperor's Displeasure and Ovid," TAPA 97 (1966) 373-8; 'The Deaths of Julia and Gracchus, A.D. 14," TAPA 98 (1967) 283-90.

  • Notes:

    Robert Samuel Rogers was one of the eminent students of Tacitus and the Julio-Claudian principate for more than 40 years and one of the leading figures of the American Philological Association during that period. His dissertation set him on a scholarly path from which he hardly strayed for the remainder of his career. He was particularly interested in the legal aspects of the early principate, above all the trials for maiestas. Rogers served the APA as a director from 1953 to 1958, and was then consecutively second vice-president, first vice-president, and president (1960-61). His presidential address, never published, was entitled "The Years on Capreae." His bibliography includes more than 40 items. He died while returning from the APA meeting in Boston, being stricken on the train.

  • Sources:

    NatCAB 53:539; W. H. Willis, TAPA 99 (1968) xx-xxii; H. Womble, CJ 64 (1968-9) 94; WhAm 5:617.

  • Author: Herbert W. Benario