North American Scholar

RUTLEDGE, Harry Caracci

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1923-01-23
  • Born City: Chillicothe
  • Born State/Country: OH
  • Parents: R.W., a salesman, & Kathryn Carracci R.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 2006-04-15
  • Death City: Knoxville
  • Death State/Country: TN
  • Education:

    B.Sc.Ed. Ohio State, 1954; M.A., 1957; Ph.D., 1960.

  • Professional Experience:

    Asst. prof. to asso. prof classics, University of Georgia, 1960-68; prof. classics, University of Tennessee, 1969-96; head of classics department and chair of comparative literature program 1968-91; head of romance languages department, 1972-79, founding president, Tennessee Classical Association, 1969, secretary, adv. comm., AAR, 1971-75; founder, East Tennessee Society/AIA, 1974; pres., Southern Comparative Literature Assn., 1978-79; pres., CAMWS, 1979-80; pres., American Classical League, 1990-94.

  • Dissertation:

    "Herodes Atticus: World Citizen, A.D. 101-177" (Ohio State, 1960)

  • Publications:

    “Herodes the Great, Citizen of the World,” CJ 56 (1960) 97-109; “Propertius' Tarpeia. The Poem Itself,” CJ 60 (1964) 68-73; “Eliot and Vergil. Parallels in the Sixth Aeneid and ‘The Four Quartets’,” Vergilius 12 (1966) 11-20; “Vergil's Daedalus,” CJ 62 (1967) 309-11; “The Surrealist Tenth Eclogue,” Vergilius 18 (1972) 2-9; “The Opening of Aeneid 6,” CJ 67 (1971-1972) 110-115; “Classical Latin Poetry: An Art for Our Time,” The Endless Fountain: Essays in Classical Humanism, ed. M.P.O. Morford, Ohio State University Press (Columbus, 1972) 136-168; “Contest and Possession: Classical Imagery in Henry James’ The Golden Bowl,” The Comparatist 2 (1977) 58-64; Vergil’s Dido in Modern Literature,” Classical and Modern Literature 1 (1980) 267-273; “Greece and Rome in the Twentieth Century: Observations on the Classical Tradition and Modernism,” CJ 78 (1982-83) 143-149; “Marguerite Yourcenar: The Classicism of Feux and Memoires d’Hadrien,” Classical and Modern Literature 5 (1984) 87-99; “Pius Aeneas. A Study of Vergil's Portrait,” Vergilius 33 (1987) 14-20; The Guernica Bull: Studies in the Classical tradition in the Twentieth Century (Athens, GA, 1989); “Two Georgic Poets: V. Sackville-West and Vergil,” Daidalikon: Studies in Memory of Raymond V. Schoder, S.J., ed. R.F. Sutton, Jr., Bolchazy-Carducci (Wauconda, IL, 1989) 301-309; “A Late Twentieth-Century Reading of Vergil's Eclogues: The Shepherd as Artist,” in The Two Worlds of the Poet: New Perspectives on Vergil, ed. Robert M. Wilhelm & Howard Jones (Detroit, 1992) 467-77.

  • Notes:

    Harry was the fourth in the birth order of his siblings. He had three elder siblings from his mother's previous marriage (adopted by his father) and a sister and brother born to his mother and father. The family lived in the McArthur Hotel in McArthur, Ohio, a hotel which R.W. had bought from his father-in-law in 1928 and operated until 1938. Harry attributed his unfailingly proper behavior to having taken all his early meals in the hotel dining room. Both his father, a versatile salesman, and his mother were strong proponents of education, and moved to Columbus, OH, by 1943. There Harry graduated from high school and began his undergraduate studies at The Ohio State University in 1950. Always committed to his role as a language educator, he first earned a B.Sc.Ed. and high school certification as a Latin teacher. His mentors, notably Clarence Forbes, urged him towards post-secondary teaching, and after two years as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, he returned to Ohio State to earn an M.A. and Ph.D. His publications first appeared while he was at the University of Georgia. Called to the University of Tennessee in 1968 as professor and head of the Classics Department and chair of the comparative literature program, positions he held for the next 23 years, Harry proved himself an adroit administrator, serving concurrently as head of the Departments of Classics and of Romance Languages for seven years. Among his many service and leadership roles, he was a founding father of the Tennessee Classical Association, the East Tennessee Society of the AIA, and the Southern Comparative Literature Association.  On campus, he chaired the Cultural Affairs Board for fifteen years, and advocated vigorously for the patronage and appreciation of the classical tradition in contemporary art in every medium.  In 1992, he was appointed University Macebearer, the highest distinction for a faculty member. A devoted son, he moved his parents to Knoxville when he arrived at Tennessee, and their home became a social hub for the university community. In their memory, he founded in 1983 the Rutledge Memorial Lecture, the university’s most important classical lecture series. After his death in 2006, his friends founded a parallel Rutledge Archaeology Lecture in his honor. Harry Rutledge was a thoroughly gracious man who delighted in his students and in his colleagues, and joyfully communicated to all his genuine love for the classics and for the classical tradition.

  • Sources:

    DAS (2002) 237.

  • Author: Christopher P. Craig