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CONWAY, Robert Seymour

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  • Date of Birth: September 20, 1864
  • Born City: Stoke Newington
  • Born State/Country: England
  • Parents: Samuel, Congregationalist minister, & Amy Curling C.
  • Date of Death: September 28, 1933
  • Death City: London
  • Married: Margaret Mary Hall, 1891
  • Education:

    City of London School; B.A., Cambridge (first class), 1887; M.A., 1891.

  • Professional Experience:

    Lectr. Newnham College, Cambridge, 1887-93; fellow, Gonville & Caius, 1888-94; prof. Latin, University College, Cardiff, 1893-1903; Hulme Professor of Latin and Indo-European Philology, Manchester, 1903-29; dean, faculty of the arts, 1910; fellow, British Academy, 1918; founder, Classical Association; president, 1927; commander, Order of the Crown of Italy, 1929; Litt.D. (hon.) Oxford, 1898; Dublin, 1921; Padua, 1922; Hibbert Lecturer, 1932.

  • Publications:

    Verner’s Law in Italy: An Essay in the History of the Indo-European Sibilants (1887); Karl Brugmann, Elements of the Comparative Grammar of the Indo-Germanic Languages. A Concise Exposition of the History of Sanskrit, Old Iranian (Avestic and Old Persian), Old Armenian, Old Greek, Latin,Umbrian-Samnitic, Old Irish, Gothic, Old High German, Lithuanian, and Old Bulgarian, trans. with Joseph Wright & W.H.D. Rouse, 5 vols.(Srassburg & London, 1888; repr. London & Strassburg, 1990); “The Duenos Inscription,” AJA 10 (1889) 445-59; The Restored Pronunciation of Greek and Latin, with E.V. Arnold (Cambridge, 1895; 2nd ed., 1907); The Italic Dialects, Edited with a Grammar and a Glossary, 2 vols. (Cambridge, 1897; repr. 2013); LivyBook II (Cambridge, 1901-27); “Vergil’s Fourth Eclogue with a Verse Translation,” “The Messianic Idea in Vergil,” in Vergil’s Messianic Eclogue: Its Meaning, Occasion and Sources Three Studies by J.B. Mayor and W.W. Fowler and R.S. Conway (1907, 1-9, 11-48; Limen: A First Latin Book with W.C.F. Walters (1908); 34 articles in Encyclopaedia Britannica (1910-11); The Roman Coins of Manchester with G.C. Brooke & John MacInnes (Manchester, 1910); The Teaching of Vergil (1912); Titi Livi Ab urbe condita, with W.C.F. Walters, I-V (1914); VI-X (1919), XX1-XXV (1939); XXVI-XXX (1934) with S.K. Johnson; “Ancient Italy” in Hasting’s Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics 7 (1914), s.v.; “Ligurian Religion,” ibid., 8 (1915); The Youth of Vergil: A Lecture delivered at the John Rylands Library on 9th December 1914 (Manchester, 1915); Deigma: A First Greek Book, with Constance I. Daniel (New Studies of  a Great Inheritance, Being Lectures on the Modern Worth of Some Ancient Writers (London, 1921, 1930); The Making of Latin; An Introduction to Latin, Greek, and English Etymology (London: 1923, 1928); “Where was Vergil’s Farm?,” BRL 7 (1922-3) 184-210; CQ 25 (1931) 65-76; “Where Was Vergil Born?,” Discovery 4 (1923) 208-14; The Architecture of the Epic” BRL 9 (1925) ; “Italy in the Etruscan Age,” Cambridge Ancient History, 4, ch. 12, 13 (1926); “A Graeco-Roman Tragedy,” BRL 10 (1926) 309-29; Harvard Lectures on the Vergilian Age (1928); Poetry and Government: A Study of the Power of Vergil (Manchester & London, 1928); Great Writers of Rome (1930); Makers of Europe Being the James Henry Morgan Lectures in Dickinson College for 1930 (Cambridge, MA: 1931)“Vergil as a Student of Homer,” Martin Classical Lectures 1 (1931) 151-81; “Vergil’s Creative Art,” PBA 17 (1931) 17-38; Ancient Italy and Modern Religion being the Hibert Lectures of 1932 (Cambridge, 1933); The Prae-Italic Dialects of Italy with Joshua Whatmough & Elizabeth Johnson, 3 vols. (London,1933; repr. Hildesheim, 1968); P. Vergili Maronis Aeneidos liber primus, with Geoffrey Seymour Conway (Cambridge,1935).

  • Sources:

    W.B. Anderson, CR 47 (1933) 162-3; Anon., The Times (29 September 1933) 14; C. Bailey, PBA 22 (1936) 434-4; W.W. Briggs, DBC 196-9; P.G. Naiditch, A.E. Housman at University College, London The Election of 1892 (Leiden, 1988) 98-9; J. Whatmough, BBJ 59 (1939) 21-34; bibl. 34-40; ------“Profiles of Noted Linguists: Robert Seymour Conway,” Word Study 31 (1955) 1-5.

  • Author: Ward Briggs