Robert Broughton

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Thomas Robert Shannon Broughton (born February 17, 1900 in Corbetton , Ontario ; † September 17, 1993 in Chapel Hill , North Carolina ) was a Canadian scholar of antiquity who is best known for his prosopographical research on the Roman Republic .

Broughton attended Victoria College at the University of Toronto , where he graduated with an MA in 1922. He then went to the University of Chicago and Johns Hopkins University , where he received his doctorate in Latin philology in 1928 . One of his teachers was the ancient historian Tenney Frank .

Broughton returned to Victoria College as a lecturer. From there he moved to Amherst College and Bryn Mawr College , where he taught from 1928 to 1965. The end of his academic career was the chair of Latin at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill , which he held from 1965 to 1971. He was also visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University and the American Academy in Rome .

Broughton's main work is the prosopographic handbook Magistrates of the Roman Republic , which endeavors to include all known officials of the Roman Republic up to 31 BC. To put together. It appeared in three volumes between 1951 and 1986; for the first two volumes Broughton was awarded in 1953 by the American Philological Association.

Broughton was a member of numerous scientific associations and academies (including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1962 and the American Philosophical Society since 1955 ) and honorary doctorates from Johns Hopkins University, the University of Toronto and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Broughton's son was the writer T. Alan Broughton .

Fonts (selection)

  • The Romanization of Africa Proconsularis . Baltimore 1929, reissued 1968 (dissertation).
  • Roman Asia Minor . In Tenney Frank (Ed.): An Economic Survey of Ancient Rome , Vol. 4. Johns Hopkins UP, Baltimore 1938, pp. 499-918.
  • Magistrates of the Roman Republic . Vol. 1: 509 BC-100 BC Vol. 2: 99 BC-31 BC . American Philological Association, New York 1951-1952. Reprinted by Scholars Press, Atlanta 1986, ISBN 0-89130-812-1 .
    Supplement to the Magistrates of the Roman Republic . American Philological Association, New York 1960.
    Vol. 3. Supplement . Scholars Press, Atlanta, Georgia 1986, ISBN 0-89130-811-3 .
  • Candidates Defeated in Roman Elections: some ancient Roman 'also-rans' . In: Transactions of the American Philological Association . 81.4 (1991).
  • Autobiography. A scholar's life . Gorgias Press, Piscataway, NJ 2008, ISBN 978-1-593-33837-4 (American Journal of Ancient History, 5).


  • Jerzy Linderski: Broughton, Thomas Robert Shannon . In: Ward W. Briggs (ed.): Biographical Dictionary of North American Classicists , Westport, CT / London: Greenwood Press 1994, ISBN 978-0-313245-60-2 , pp. 64-66.
  • Jerzy Linderski (Ed.): Imperium Sine Fine: T. Robert S. Broughton and the Roman Republic . Steiner, Stuttgart 1996, ISBN 3-515-06948-8 .

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