North American Scholar

SMITH, Charles Sidney

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1867-07-21
  • Born City: Washington
  • Born State/Country: DC
  • Parents: William Henry Harrison and Maria Brainard Allyn S.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1951-10-18
  • Death City: Los Angeles
  • Death State/Country: CA
  • Married: Olive M. Thompson, 30 June 1924.
  • Education:

    A.B. Princeton, 1888; A.M. 1891; study at Leipzig, 1897-8; Ph.D. Johns Hopkins, 1906.

  • Professional Experience:

    Asst. mstr. Dupuy Sch. (Trenton, NJ), 1890-1; instr. Lat. Princeton, 1891-7; asst. prof. Lat. & Gk. Columbian (now George Washington) U., 1900-34; chair dept., 1910-34; pres. CAAS, 1930-1.

  • Dissertation:

    "Metaphor and Comparison in Epistulae ad Lucilium of L. Annaeus Seneca" (Johns Hopkins, 1906); printed (Baltimore, 1910).

  • Publications:

    Fifty Selections from Valerius Maximus (Boston, 1895); "Notes on the Style of Seneca the Philosopher," George Washington University Bulletin 6 (1907) 70-5; "Centurio Romanus: A First-Class Fightin' Man," CP 22 (1927) 17-22.

  • Notes:

    Smith, a native Washingtonian, resigned a fellowship at Johns Hopkins in order to teach in his home town, where he remained for the rest of his academic career. Following his graduation with honors, he pursued graduate work at Princeton for two years. At Leipzig he was greatly influenced by Ribbeck, Wachsmuth, Lipsius, Brugmann, and Windisch. On his return he studied at Johns Hopkins with Minton Warren, Kirby Flower Smith, and B. L. Gildersleeve before taking his position at Columbian.

  • Sources:

    Georgetown U. archives; Princeton U. archives.

    Image credit: Columbian yearbook, 1904.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.