North American Scholar

SUMNER, Graham Vincent

  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1924-09-28
  • Born City: Manchester
  • Born State/Country: England
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1982-04-18
  • Death City: Georgetown
  • Death State/Country: ON
  • Married: Norma D. Andrzejewska, March 1954
  • Education:

    B.A., M.A. Oxford (Corpus Christi Coll.), 1949.

  • Professional Experience:

    Asst. keeper, dept. manuscripts, British Museum, 1950; lctr. Rhodes U. (Rhodesia), 1951-3; sixth form master Sedbergh Sch. & Cardiff HS, 1954-5; lctr. Newcastle Univ. Coll. U. New South Wales, 1956-7; sr. lctr. U. Canterbury (New Zealand), 1958-63; prof. dept. class. U. Toronto, 1964-82; chair, combined depts. class., 1966-7; chair dept. class. University Coll., U. Toronto, 1968-73.

  • Publications:

    "A Note on Thucydides 1.2.6," CP 54 (1959) 116-7; "Cicero on the Comitia Centuriata: De Re Publica 11,22,39-40," AJP 81 (1960) 136-56; "Notes on Chronological Problems in the Aristotelian Ἀθηναίων πολιτεία,” CQ n.s. 11 (1961) 31-54 & 129; "Curtius Rufus and the Historiae Alexandria,” AUMLA 15 (1961) 30-9; "Aspects of the History of the Comitia Centuriata in the Middle and Late Republic," Athenaeum 40 (1962) 37-84; "The Last Journey of L. Sergius Catilina," CP 58 (1963) 215-9; "Lex Aelia, Lex Fufia," AJP 84 (1963) 337-58; "Androtion f. 6 and Ath. Pol. 22," BICS 11 (1964) 79-86; "Cicero and the Comitia Centuriata" Historia 13 (1964) 125-8; "Manius or Mamercus?," JRS 54 (1964) 41-8; "Asconius and the Acta," Hermes 93 (1965) 134-6; "The Family Connections of L. Aelius Seianus," Phoenix 19 (1965) 134-45; "The Chronology of the Outbreak of the Second Punic War," PACA 9 (1966) 5-30; "Cicero, Pompeius, and Rullus," TAPA 97 (1965) 569-82; "Germanicus and Drusus Caesar," Latomus 26 (1967) 413-35; "Roman Policy in Spain before the Hannibalic War," HSCP 72 (1965) 205-46; "The Truth about Velleius Paterculus,”  HSCP 74 (1970) 257-97; "Proconsuls and Provinciae in Spain 218/7-196/5 B.C.," Arethusa 3 (1970) 85-102; "The Legion and the Centuriate Assembly," JRS 60 (1970) 67-78; "The Lex Annalis under Caesar," Phoenix 25 (1971) 246-71, 357-71; "Rome, Spain, and the Outbreak of the Second Punic War: Some Clarifications," Latomus 31 (1972) 469-80; The Orators in Cicero's Brutus: Prosopography and Chronology Phoenix Suppl. XI (Toronto, 1973); "Elections in Rome in 217 B.C.," Phoenix 29 (1975) 250-9; "Philippicus, Anastasius II and Theodosius III," GRBS 17 (1976) 287-94; "Notes on Provinciae in Spain (197-133 B.C.)," CP 72 (1977) 126-30; "The 'Piracy Law' from Delphi and the Law of the Cnidos Inscription," GRBS 19 (1978) 211-25; "The Pompeii in their Families," AJAH 2 (1977) 8-25; "Varrones Murenae," HSCP 82 (1978) 187-95; "Governors of Asia in the Nineties B.C.," GRBS 19 (1978) 147-53; "The Coitio of 54 B.C. or Waiting for Caesar," HSCP 86 (1982) 134-9.

  • Notes:

    Graham Sumner was an internationally noted scholar in the field of Roman history and was active at the University of Toronto for nearly 20 years. From 1959 to his premature death in 1982 he published a stream of meticulous and influential articles in several areas, mainly in the history of the middle and late republic. As a pupil of Hugh Last at Oxford, he was always alert to the historical importance of the Roman constitution, but he also made major contributions in Roman prosopography, an area associated above all with another Camden professor, Sir Ronald Syme. His book The Orators in Cicero's Brutus: Prosopography and Chronology remains indispensable in the fields both of Republican history and of Ciceronian studies. His love for Spain led him, toward the end of his life, to plan an edition of the Mozarabic Chronicle of 754. By his publications, as a kindly and encouraging teacher, and as a colleague of firm opinions but unfailing humanity, he exerted a great influence on the teaching of Roman history in Canada.

  • Sources:

    File in class, dept. U. Toronto; personal reminiscence.

  • Author: C. P. Jones