North American Scholar

SMILEY, Charles Newton

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1873-01-04
  • Born City: Hamilton
  • Born State/Country: MO
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1943-02-08
  • Death City: Northfield
  • Death State/Country: MN
  • Married: Bertha Kathleen Shutts, 23 Aug. 1916.
  • Education:

    A.B. Drury Coll. (MO), 1897; L.H.D., 1922; A.M. Harvard, 1903; Ph.D. U. Wisconsin, 1905; study at Berlin, 1909-10.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. Gk. & Lat. Drury Acad., 1897-1902; tchng. fell. Gk. U. Wisconsin, 1903-4; instr. Lat. 1904-5; Benedict prof. Lat. Grinnell Coll., 1905-26; prof. Lat. Carleton Coll., 1926-40; mem. ed. bd. Richards’ Encyclopedia; pres. CAMWS, 1917-8; chair U. Wisconsin summer sch., 1923.

  • Dissertation:

    "Latinitas and ἐλληνισμός: The Influence of the Stoic Theory of Style as Shown in the Writings of Dionysius, Quintilian, Pliny the Younger, Tacitus, Fronto, Aulus Gellius and Sextus Empiricus" (Wisconsin, 1906); printed Wisconsin U. Bull., no. 143, Philol. & Lit. Ser. 3 (1906) 205-72.

  • Publications:

    "Seneca and the Stoic Theory of Literary Style," Classical Studies in Honor of Charles Forster Smith (Madison, WI, 1919), 50-61; "Virgil—His Philosophic Background and His Relation to Christianity," CJ 26 (1930-1) 660-75; "Stoicism and its Influence on Roman Life and Thought," CJ 29 (1933-4) 649-57; Horace: His Poetry and Philosophy (New York, 1945).

  • Notes:

    Following his two decades at Grinnell, Charles Newton Smiley taught at Carleton College with C. C. Mierow and continued his reputation as one of the foremost scholars and finest teachers in his region. But his activities also took him to other regions. He lectured at the summer schools of Harvard and Columbia from 1926 to 1937 and was knighted by the Italian government for his services as regional director of the YMCA with the Italian Army in World War I. But his warmest recognition came in his home area. In the words of Mierow, "At the Classical Association meetings he attended he was always surrounded by an eager and devoted group of former students. Those who knew him best admired him most."

  • Sources:

    C. C. Mierow, CJ 38 (1942-3) 500-1; WhAm 2:492-3.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.