North American Scholar

TITCHENER, John Bradford

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1898-01-02
  • Born City: Ithaca
  • Born State/Country: NY
  • Parents: Professor Edward Bradford & Sophia Kellog Bedlow T.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1972-03-09
  • Death City: Columbus
  • Death State/Country: OH
  • Married: Francis Campbell Bonner, 20 Aug. 1925.
  • Education:

    A.B. Clark Coll., 1917; M.A. U. Illinois, 1921; Ph.D., 1923.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. Gk. U. Michigan, 1923-5; instr. class, langs. Harvard, 1925-30; asst. prof, to prof, class, langs. Ohio State, 1930-68; actng. chair & chair dept., 1932-68; Fulbright lctr. (Melbourne, Australia), 1960-1; vis. prof. Stanford, 1934; U. Sydney (Australia) 1968-9.

  • Dissertation:

    "The Manuscript Tradition of Plutarch's Aetia Graeca and Aetia Romana" (Illinois, 1923); printed, University of Illinois Studies in Language & Literature, 9, no. 2 (1924).

  • Publications:

    Plutarchi Moralia 4 vols. (Leipzig, 1925-38); vol. 6 (1952); new edition, vol. 2 ed. with W. Nachstaedt & W. Sieveking (1971); "The A-Family in the Text Tradition of the Anonymous Liber de viris illustribus," Studies Oldfather, 184-9; "Caesar and the Teaching of Literature," CJ 46 (1950-1) 233-8.

  • Notes:

    Titchener was a lifelong scholar of textual criticism and the poetry of Horace. He was instrumental in developing the graduate program in classical languages and literatures at Ohio State during his long tenure as chair, and he stimulated the undergraduate teaching of the classical humanities. He was particularly involved in the training of secondary-school teachers of Latin and in the liaison and articulation between them and the college and university personnel. He served two years during World War I in the French and then the American Ambulance Service. His visits to Australia allowed him to develop and expand his expertise in primitive art and to collect items for a fine personal collection and for the Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts. He focused his research on materials he could use in his teaching, particularly in his textual criticism, which he kept as a continuing project for generations of graduate students, for whom Titchener's work with the Liber de viris illustribus served as a key element in their control of Latin.

  • Sources:

    Ohio State U. and dept. class, archives; WhAm 5:725.

  • Author: Charles L. Babcock