Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 6 : History of classical Scholarship - A Biographical Dictionary

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Edited by: Peter Kuhlmann (Göttingen) and Helmuth Schneider (Kassel)

This compendium gives a comprehensive overview of the history of classical studies. Alphabetically arranged, it provides biographies of over 700 scholars from the fourteenth century onwards who have made their mark on the study of Antiquity. These include the lives, careers and works of classical philologists, archaeologists, ancient historians, students of epigraphy, numismatics, papyrology, Egyptology and the Ancient Near East, philosophers, anthropologists, social scientists, art historians, collectors and writers. The biographies put the scholars in their social, political and cultural contexts while focusing on their scholarly achievements and their contributions to modern classical scholarship.

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Oldfather, William Abbott

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Author(s): Calder, William M. III
American classical philologist. Born Urmia, Persia (now Iran) 23. 10. 1880, died Homer, Illinois, 27. 5. 1945. 1902 MA in classical philology from Harvard, then teaching at Evanston, Illinois. Doctoral studies at Munich from 1906, taking his doctorate in 1908 in classical philology. From 1909 associate prof., then prof.; 1926–1945 director of the Department of Classics at Univ. of Illinois, Urbana. 1937/38 president of the American Philological Association. Career, works and influence O., the son of a Presbyterian missionary, was born into a family of Austrian origi…