Minton Warren

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Minton Warren (born January 29, 1850 in Pawtucket , Rhode Island , † November 26, 1907 in Cambridge , Massachusetts ) was an American classical philologist .


Minton Warren studied at Tufts College , where he received his bachelor's degree in 1870 . He then deepened his studies at Yale University with William Dwight Whitney , who encouraged him to continue his studies in Germany. At that time, German classical studies were highly regarded abroad, especially in the United States. First Warren worked as a Latin and Greek teacher in Medford and Waltham (1872–1876). In 1876 he went to Germany for three years, where he studied at the universities of Leipzig and Bonn . At the University of Strasbourg he wrote his doctoral thesis under Wilhelm Studemund , with which he was awarded a doctorate in 1879. phil. received his doctorate .

Upon his return to the United States, Warren was accepted into the American Philological Association and appointed as an Associate Professor of Latin at Johns Hopkins University . There he worked with Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve (1831-1924) and Kirby Flower Smith (1862-1918). He founded the Graduate Program in Classical Philology in 1886 and supervised 22 dissertations in fourteen years. His students included George Lincoln Hendrickson (1865–1963), Charles Sidney Smith (1867–1951) and Gordon Jennings Laing (1869–1945).

During his time at Johns Hopkins University, Warren became well known in the professional world. From 1896 to 1897 he was director of the American School of Classical Studies in Rome , from 1897 to 1898 president of the American Philological Association . In 1899 he left Johns Hopkins University and went to Harvard University , where he was appointed Pope Professor of Latin in 1905 . He died on November 26, 1907 at the age of 57.

Warren was mainly concerned with early Roman poetry, especially with the comedy poet Terence and his ancient commentators. During his stay in Rome (1896–1987) he examined manuscripts and inscriptions on the history of Latin literature and language. Among other things, he discovered five previously unknown manuscripts of the Terence Commentary by Aelius Donatus . He published his research results in several articles that received worldwide attention. His early death prevented his collations on Donat from being published.


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