North American Scholar

MURPHY, Paul Robert

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  • Date of Birth: 1936-08-17
  • Born City: Dexter
  • Born State/Country: IA
  • Parents: Robert L. & Philippine Schumacher M.
  • Date of Death: 2009-05-26
  • Death City: Canton
  • Death State/Country: OH
  • Married: Alice Norwood, 8 Sept. 1936.
  • Education:

    A.B. Iowa, 1933; A.M. 1934; Ph.D. Harvard, 1942.    

  • Dissertation:

    “De Lingua Antiqua Illyrica” (Harvard, 1942).    

  • Professional Experience:

    Asst. prof. to asso. prof. Latin, Mount Union Coll. (Alliance, OH), 1938-47; asst. prof. to prof class. langs., Ohio U., 1947-83; pres. CAMWS, 1973-4.

  • Publications:

    “Two Paraphrases by A. E. Housman,” CJ 37 (1941) 96-7; “De lingua antiqua illyrica,” HSCP 53 (1942) 177-80; “Horace's Opinion of Sallust,” CW 37 (1943-4) 114-15; “The re-bell- Compounds,” CW 43 (1949) 71-4; “Petronius LXXI,11 and Ecclesiastes XII, 5-6,” CW 45 (1952) 120; “Variations on a Negative Pattern,” CJ 50 (1955) 253-4 & 287; “A Terentian Pattern of Negation,” CW 48 (1955) 203-5; “The Structure of Nepos' Lives of Miltiades and Themistocles,” CJ 52 (1956) 125-8; “Emotional Echoes of Aeneis I in Aeneis IV,” CB 33 (1956) 20-1; “The Origins and Survival of a Latin Negative Pattern,” AJP 77 (1956) 396-407; “Archaism and Colloquialism in the Use of a Latin Negative Pattern,” AJP 79 (1958) 44-51; “Meaning of non temere,” CB 34 (1958) 27-9; “Cicero's Pro Archia and the Periclean Epitaphios,” TAPA 89 (1958) 99-111; “Terence, Andria 560-565,” AJP 80 (1959) 306-9; The Latin Poetry of George Herbert (1593-1633), with M. McKloskey (Athens, OH: Ohio U. Press, 1965). Revs: AC XXXIV 1965 690 Crahay | CPh LX 1965 272-275 Bruère | CJ LXI 1965 137-138 Schnur | CR XVI 1966 400-402 Young; “Themes of Caesar's Gallic War,” CJ 72 (1977) 234-43; “Caesar's Continuators and Caesar's Felicitas,” CW 79 (1986) 307-17; “On Questions Introduced by non and nonne,CJ 86 (1990-1) 226-32.

  • Notes:

    Paul Murphy was a pillar of the Ohio University Classics Department for over three decades. His particular interests in both the fine points of Latin grammar and the broader scope of comparative literature informed his scholarship but also gave his teaching a breadth that created devotion among his many students. His edition of George Herbert's Latin poetry was widely praised. He dedicated the classics library at Ohio U. by donating his professional library as a foundation. The Paul R. and Alice N. Murphy Scholarship rewards the most promising student in classics at Ohio U.

  • Sources:

    WhAm Midwest 24 (1994-5) 552.    

  • Author: Ward Briggs