North American Scholar

O'BRIEN, Michael John

  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1930-04-27
  • Born City: New York City
  • Born State/Country: NY
  • Parents: Michael & Mary Collins O'B.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 2007-12-28
  • Death City: Toronto
  • Death State/Country: Ontario, Canada
  • Married: Anne Jordan Webb, 25 July 1959
  • Education:

    B.A. Fordham, 1951; M.A. Princeton, 1953; Ph.D., 1956.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. classics, Wesleyan U., 1955-56; instr. to asso. prof., Yale, 1956-66; asso. prof. U. Toronto, 1966-9; prof. 1969-95; chair, dept., 1973-81; Guggenheim fell., 1972-3.  

  • Dissertation:

    "Virtue, Knowledge, and the θυμοειδής" (Princeton, 1956).

  • Publications:

    “The ‘Fallacy’ in Protagoras 349D-350C,” TAPA92 (1961) 408-17; “The Unity of the Laches,” YCS18 (1963) 133-43; “Orestes and the Gorgon. Euripides' Electra,” AJP85 (1964) 13-39; The Socratic Paradoxes and the Greek Mind (Chapel Hill: U. of North Carolina Press, 1967). REVS: AC XXXVII 1968 335-336 Joly | CPh LXIII 1968 218-219 Sprague | CW LXI 1968 249-250 Stewart | LEC XXXVI 1968 277 Loriaux | REG LXXXI 1968 295 des Places | CJ LXIV 1969 178-180 Berry | AJPh XC 1969 484-487 Neumann | PhR LXXVIII 1969 559-561 Schofield | Mnemosyne XXIII 1970 203 de Vries | CR XXI 1971 31-33 Charlton | PhilosQ XXI 1971 74 Adkins | Hermathena CXI 1971 89-90 Luce | RFIC C 1972 75-77 Decleva Caizzi; Twentieth Century Interpretations of Oedipus Rex. A Collection of Critical Essays(ed.) (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1968). REVS: G&R XVI 1969 231 Sewter | Phoenix XXIII 1969 392-394 Long | CR XX 1970 398-399 Lloyd-Jones | CPh LXV 1970 268-270 Henry; “ ‘Becoming Immortal’ in Plato's Symposium,” in Greek Poetry and Philosophy. Studies in Honour of Leonard Woodbury, ed. D.E. Gerber (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1984) 185-205; “Xenophanes, Aeschylus, and the Doctrine of Primeval Brutishness,” CQ35 (1985) 245-63; “Character, Action and Rhetoric in the Agonof the Orestes[v 470-724], I,” in Filologia e forme letterarie. Studi offerti a Francesco della Corte(Urbino: Ed. Quattro Venti, 1987) 183-99; “Tantalus in Euripides' Orestes,” RhM131 (1988) 30-45; “Pelopid History and the Plot of Iphigenia in Tauris,” CQ38 (1988) 98-115; 

  • Sources:

    DAS 8: 385; Canadian Who's Who 43 (2008) 984; WhAm 48 (1994) 2569.