A.B., U. of Minnesota, 1943; M.A., Cornell, 1945; Ph.D., 1948.
Instr. history, Stanford, 1948-1950; asst. prof. classics, U. Illinois, Urbana, 1951-55; asso. prof. history, S.E. Missouri College, 1955-59; asso. prof. classics, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, 1959-60; prof. history, Michigan State University, 1960-90; chairman, Program in Classical Studies, 1965-90; Prix de Rome, AAR, 1978-80; member, selection committee, National Endowment for Humanities, 1979-84, Council for International Exchange Scholars, Washington, 1979-81; Pres., CAMWS, 1984-5; Advisory council., AAR, 1963-92; exec. comm., 1970-3, 1988-92; mng. Comm., ASCSA, 1964-92).
“The Political, Economic, and Religious Relations between the Roman Republic and Ptolemaic Egypt” (Cornell, 1948).
“Structural Linguistics and Latin Teaching,” CJ 52 (1957) 268-74; “Roman-Egyptian Relations in Delos,” CJ 57 (1962) 169-78; “Egyptian Influences on Roman Coinage in the Third Century B. C.,” CJ 61 (1966) 337-46; Mark Antony: A Biography(Minneapolis: U. of Minnesota Press, 1978). REVS: CJ LXXV 1979 63-65 Gruen | G&R XXVII 1980 94 Shotter | AHR LXXXV 1980 95 Bernstein | History LXV 1980 280-281 Astin | CR XXX 1980 160 Briscoe | Latomus XXXIX 1980 908 Richard | RPh LIV 1980 199 Jal | Phoenix XXXV 1981 281-287 Marshall | HZ CCXXXIV 1982 144-145 Castritius | REG XCIX 1986 374 Chamoux | AH XVIII 1988 123-128 Lennon | AAHG XLIII 1990 219-221 G. Dobesch; “The Literary Efforts of Marc Antony,” ANRW2.3,1 (1982) 639-57; “Claudius–The Erudite Emperor,” ANRW2.32,1 (1984) 611-50; “Mark Antony. Marriages versus Careers,” CJ81 (1986) 97-111; “Augustus, Heir of the Ptolemies,” ANRW2 (1988) 43-382; “Alexandria ad Aegyptum in the Julio-Claudian Age,” ANRW2.10,1 (1988) 619-68; “Emperor Worship in Julio-Claudian Egypt,” ANRW2.18, 5 (1995) 3092-143.
Eleanor Huzar was raised in a family of doctors and had every intention of becoming a doctor herself, but found “I had no talent for it,” and instead pursued her love of Roman history, especially the later Roman Republic and the decline of Ptolemaic Egypt. She pursued the subject in her dissertation at Cornell and later in a well-received biography of Marc Antony, which Erich Gruen called “the best biography of Antony available in English.” Following the biography she contributed a number of deeply researched and authoritative articles on early emperors and, of course, Egypt for the encyclopedic Festschrift, Aufstieg und Niedergang der Römischen Welt.
Though she was a scrupulous researcher, her real love was teaching. After taking a succession of short-term positions, she arrived at Michigan State in 1960 as the first full-time ancient historian and only the second woman on the faculty. The university was primarily focused on teaching in those days, and Eleanor pitched in. She regularly taught the large (300-500 students) freshman survey course on world history from antiquity into the Middle Ages as well as intermediate reading courses and graduate courses, one year on Greece, the next on Rome. She chaired the Classical Studies Committee, which was a cooperative effort between classics, history, philosophy, and other programs. She regularly took her sabbaticals at the American Academy in Rome, whence she traveled widely around the Mediterranean lands that had previously been known to her only through books: “Egypt was one of the places that was still startling to me because it was so much simpler than the European pictures that we’d been seeing regularly. The mixed religion and the magnificent antiquities,…nothing else is comparable.”
Michigan State University Sesquicentennial Oral History Project (http://onthebanks.msu.edu/sohp/Object/2-D-B8/transcript-of-interview-with-eleanor-huzar-on-june-28-2001/).