DILLER, Aubrey

Biographical Information

Born 15 July 1903, Diller, NE, to J. Smith & Lucy Ellen Madden D.
Died 5 Sept. 1985, Monroe Co., IN.

Education

A.B. U. Nebraska, 1925; M.A., 1927; Ph.D. U. Illinois, 1930.

Professional Experience

Instr. Gk., U. Michigan, 1930-4; fell. ACLS, 1935-6; instr. Heidelberg Coll. (Tiffin, OH), 1936-8; asst. prof, to prof. Gk. U. Indiana, 1938-68; ACLS res. fell., 1935-6; Guggenheim fell., 1951-2; vis. schol. Dumbarton Oaks Res. Lib., 1961; APA board of dir., 1958-63.

Dissertation

“Race Mixture among the Greeks before Alexander” (Illinois, 1930); printed as Illinois Studies in Language and Literature, vol. 20, nos. 1-2 (Urbana, IL, 1937).

Publications

“Scrutiny and Appeal in Athenian Citizenship,” CP 30 (1935) 302-19; “Scipio Tettius' Index Librorum nondum Editorum,” AJP 56 (1935) 14-27; “Codex B of Strabo,” ibid., 97-102; “Two Greek Forgeries of the Sixteenth Century,” AJP 57 (1936) 124-9; “The Vatopedii Manuscript of Ptolemy and Strabo,” AJP 58 (1937) 174-84; “A New Source for the Text of Apollodorus' Bibliotheca,” CP 33 (1938) 209; “A New Source on the Spartan Ephebia,” AJP 62 (1941) 499-501; “Julian of Ascalon on Strabo and the Stade,” CP 45 (1950) 22-5; “Nonnus Dionysiaca in Genesius' Regno,” CP 46 (1951) 176-7; “A Source of the Mirabiles Auscultationes,” ibid., 239-40; The Tradition of the Minor Greek Geographers, APA phil. mono. 14 (Amsterdam, 1952; reprt., 1986); “Aurispa and Aristarchus,” CP 55 (1960) 35-6; “Petrarch's Greek Codex of Plato,” CP 59 (1964) 270-1; “Some False Fragments,” Studies Perry, 27-30; The Textual Tradition of Strabo's Geography, with appendix: “The Manuscripts of Eustathius' Commentary on Dionysius Periegetes” (Amsterdam, 1975); Studies in Greek Manuscript Tradition (collected articles) (Amsterdam, 1983); “Greek Codices Strayed from the Vatican Library,” IMU 26 (1983) 383-8.

Notes

Diller's work on the textual transmission of the Greek prose authors (especially the geographers), his contributions to palaeographical theory, and studies in the history of classical scholarship rank him as one of the preeminent codicologists of the 20th century. Personally very modest, he generously advised distinguished scholars as well as beginners in the discipline. Diller was a dedicated naturalist and ardent conservationist, who was devoted to his adopted state and to Indiana University.

Sources

Sources DAS 1957:188.
Author Mark L. Sosower