North American Scholar

SANDERS, Henry Nevill

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1869-07-14
  • Born City: Edinburgh
  • Born State/Country: Scotland
  • Parents: William Rutherford & Georgiana Bridget Woodrow
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1943-05-22
  • Death City: Philadelphia
  • Death State/Country: PA
  • Married: Lillian M. Caulfield, 27 June 1894.
  • Education:

    Study at Edinburgh, 1887-8; B.A. Trinity U. (Toronto), 1894; M.A., 1898; study at Göttingen, 1894-5; Ph.D. Johns Hopkins, 1903.

  • Professional Experience:

    Fell. Gk. Johns Hopkins, 1897-8; lctr. Gk., Lat. & Sansk. McGill U., 1898-1902; asso. prof, to prof. Gk. Bryn Mawr, 1902-35; sec. fac, 1917-35.

  • Dissertation:

    "The Cynegeticus of Xenophon" (Johns Hopkins, 1903); printed (Baltimore, 1913).

  • Publications:

    "Note on Sophocles Ajax 142," AJP 22 (1901) 77-8; "Did Euripides write skumnon in Hippolytus 1076?," Studies Gildersleeve, 443-7;  "AN with the Future," AJP 37 (1916) 42-61;  "Note on Aristophanes Aves 1313," AJP 38 (1917) 232.

  • Notes:

    Henry Nevill Sanders was a true grammarian who could make Greek syntax fascinating. At Bryn Mawr he devoted himself to the teaching of both undergraduates and graduate students, all of whom credit him not only with their love of Greek but also the soundness of their knowledge. Faculty colleagues wrote as follows in a memorial minute after his death on May 22, 1943: "So penetrated was he by Greek example that some of his colleagues professed to detect an early Ionian cast of mind in his ironic thinking and sceptic wit—a temperament to which his own Scotch ancestry and the reading of such favorite authors as Anatole France must also have contributed. . . . His chief scholarly interest was the psychology of grammatical syntax, to the analysis of which he applied acutely subtle methods; and through these he was able to formulate that keen and precise feeling for Greek as a language which permeated all his teaching."

  • Sources:

    NYTimes (23 May 1943) 42; WhAm 5:632.

  • Author: Mabel L. Lang