North American Scholar

WARREN, Minton

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1850-01-29
  • Born City: Pawtucket
  • Born State/Country: RI
  • Parents: Samuel Sprague, a textile worker, & Ann Elizabeth Caswell W.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1907-11-26
  • Death City: Cambridge
  • Death State/Country: MA
  • Married: Salomé Amelia Machado, 29 Dec. 1885.
  • Education:

    A.B. Tufts, 1870; study at Yale, 1871-2; Leipzig & Bonn; Ph.D. Strassburg, 1879; LL.D. Tufts, 1899; Columbia, 1900; U. Wisconsin, 1902.

  • Professional Experience:

    Gk. & Lat. tchr. Medford & Waltham, MA, 1872-6; asso. to prof. Lat. Johns Hopkins, 1879-99; dir. ASCSR, 1896-7; pres. APA, 1897-8; Pope prof. Lat. Harvard, 1899-1907.

  • Dissertation:

    "The Enclitic Ne in Early Latin" (Strassburg, 1879); printed as "On the Enclitic Ne in Early Latin," AJP 2 (1881) 50-82.

  • Publications:

    "On Bentley's English MSS. of Terence," AJP 3 (1882) 59-71; "Phillipps Glossary," AJP 6 (1885) 451-61; "On Latin Glossaries with Especial Reference to the Codex Sangallensis 912," TAPA 15 (1885) 124-228; "On the Contributions of the Latin Inscriptions to the Study of the Latin Language and Literature," TAPA 26 (1895) 16-27; "Some Ancient and Modern Etymologies," TAPA 32 (1901) 110-20; "A New Fragment of Apollodorus of Carystus," CP 1 (1906) 43-6; "The Stele Inscription in the Roman Forum," AJP 28 (1907) 249-72, 373-400.

  • Notes:

    Minton Warren was primarily a "teacher of teachers." Study with the German-trained Whitney at Yale led him to study in Germany and ultimately to a Ph.D. at Strassburg. Appointed Associate in Latin at the Johns Hopkins University, he founded the graduate program in Latin and devoted himself to his students (known as "Warren's men"), supervising 22 graduate dissertations from 1886 to 1899. An accurate scholar, Warren's chief interest throughout his career was the instruction of graduates. Said his colleague Kirby Flower Smith, "The results of many a painstaking research went into his ordinary lectures from day to day and were given to his students without comment, while in the Latin Seminary his rare command of method and of training in its practical aspects made him peculiarly efficient." He rose to the rank of associate professor and professor at Johns Hopkins, and then was appointed Pope Professor of Latin at Harvard in 1905. One of the founders of the American School of Classical Studies in Rome (later part of the American Academy in Rome), he used his year as director to gather epigraphical evidence for his last major article, not published until a decade later, in the year of his premature death.

  • Sources:

    CJ 3 (1907-8) 118-20; G. L. Hendrickson, DAB 19:485; Harvard Graduates Magazine (Jan. 1908); NatCAB 12:443; 45:268; Sandys, 411; WhAm 1:1303.

  • Author: Meyer Reinhold