Samuel Ball Platner

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Samuel Ball Platner (born December 4, 1863 in Unionville , Connecticut ; died August 20, 1921 ) was an American classical scholar and archaeologist .

The son of a factory owner studied at Yale College from 1879 , where he completed his first degree in 1883 and obtained his Ph.D. in 1885. received his doctorate. Since that year he taught Latin and French at Adelbert College of Western Reserve University in Cleveland , Ohio, from 1890 as assistant professor, from 1892 as professor. In 1889/90 he spent a year studying in Berlin and Rome. In 1897 he spent a second year in Rome, and in 1899/1900 a third as professor of Latin at the American School of Classical Studies in Rome . 1900-1901 he was president of the American Philological Association .

Platner mainly worked on topographical subjects of ancient Rome . In addition to numerous articles, the results of his research flowed together in his most important work, the lexicon A Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome , which was only completed after his death by Thomas Ashby and published in 1929 . Platner contributed to the 1911 edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica . Platner died at sea on a trip to Europe.



  • Harold N. Fowler: Samuel Ball Platner. In: Classical Philology 17, 1922, pp. 281-282 ( full text ).

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