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JONES, Julian Ward, Jr.

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  • Date of Birth: July 11, 1930
  • Born City: Minor Essex County
  • Born State/Country: VA
  • Parents: Julian Ward & Dorothy Beatrice Greenstreet J.
  • Date of Death: August 28, 2021
  • Death City: Williamsburg
  • Death State/Country: VA
  • Married: Elizabeth Frances Hunter, May 30, 1959.
  • Education:

    Fredericksburg (VA) High School, 1948; B.A. University of Richmond, 1952; M.A. University of North Carolina, 1957; Ph.D., 1959.

  • Dissertation:

    “Analysis of the Allegorical Interpretations of the Servian Commentary on the Aeneid (Ph.D., 1959).

  • Professional Experience:

    Asst. prof. classics, Ohio State, 1959-61; asso. prof. Latin, College of William & Mary,1961-8; Chancellor Professor of Classical Studies,1968-2001.

  • Publications:

    “Vergil as Magister in Fulgentius,” in Classical, Mediaeval and Renaissance Studies in Honor of B. L. Ullman, I, ed. Charles Henderson, Jr. (Rome: Ed. di Storia e Letteratura, 1964) 273-5; The Commentary on the First Six Books of the Aeneid of Vergil Commonly Attributed to Bernardus Silvestris, ed. with Elizabeth Frances Jones (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1977); “Aeneid 4.238-278 and the Persistence of an Allegorical Interpretation,” Vergilius 33 (1987) 29-37; “The So-Called Silvestris Commentary on the Aeneid and Two Other Interpretations,” Speculum 64 (1989) 835-48; An Aeneid Commentary of Mixed Type: The Glosses in MSS Harley 4946 and Ambrosianus G111 inf., Studies and Texts (Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies) (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 1996; Johannes Renner’s Livonian History 1556-1561, ed. with Jerry Christopher Smith & William L. Urban (Lewiston, NY: Edward Mellen Press, 1997); “Catullus' Passer as Passer,” Greece & Rome, ser. 2, 45 (1998) 188-94; “Aeneid 2: Sizing up Vergil’s Horse,” CO89 (2011-12) 6-9.

  • Notes:

    Ward Jones spent his youth in Fredericksburg, VA, where he was valedictorian of his high-school class. He developed his propensity for Latin epic at the University of Richmond under professors Woodford Braddus Hackley, Marjorie Rivenburg, Wayne Snyder, and Pauline Turnbull. Drafted into the army at the end of the Korean Conflict, he served as a dental assistant at Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC, from 1953 to 1955. To alleviate the boredom that is a part of military life, he took up Homer and developed his Greek sufficiently to be admitted to the graduate program at the University of North Carolina. Walter Allen, Jr. nurtured his interest in Roman history, which he taught at William and Mary for 40 years. His research interest in palaeography was sparked by the chairman of the Classics Department, the world-renowned Berthold Louis Ullman (1881-1965), who directed his dissertation on Servius.

    Jones made important contributions to our knowledge of the academic interpretation of Virgil in the humanistic period at Chartres toward the end of the Middle Ages. He studied the commentaries attributed to the twelfth-century philosopher Bernardus Silvestris and the circle of scholars at Chartres. He produced with his wife a collation of three manuscripts supported by references to contemporary and older manuscripts. His book on mixed types deal with commentaries on Aeneid 4 & 5 from ca. 1450-1500 that follow the Harley 4946 manuscript. Jones’s meticulous and perceptive commentary points out what elements of the poem would interest not only Servius but also scholars of Silvestris’s period. He co-authored an edition of the 16th century Baltic chronicle on the rise of Ivan the Terrible. (1530-84). In addition, he provided William & Mary with translations of its early documents. 

    Jones’s colleagues at William & Mary called him “a master teacher of teachers,” because over the course of his 40-year career he provided the schools of Virginia and elsewhere with a steady stream of superbly prepared teachers as dedicated to their students as Jones was to his. He was a reliable and congenial presence at CAMWS meetings.

  • Sources:

    WhAm 44 (1986-7).

  • Author: Ward Briggs