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Biography of Lily Ross Taylor (1886-1969)

Lily Ross TaylorPhoto of Lily Ross Taylor (left) and Beryl Rawson by Peter Dechert. Courtesy of Bryn Mawr College Archives.

Ph.D. 1912 and Professor of Latin at Bryn Mawr 1927-1952

Lily Ross Taylor (1886-1969) developed a interest in Roman studies at the University ofWisconsin, and then came to Bryn Mawr as a graduate student in 1906, receiving her Ph.D. in 1912. From 1912 until 1927, she taught at Vassar, and, in 1917, she became the first woman Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.

In 1927, she became professor of Latin and chairman of the department at Bryn Mawr. Her third book, The Divinity of the Roman Emperor, "took her into a wider and more speculative area than her earlier studies, and also led to her subsequent research on the political structure of the Roman Republic."

 

Lily Ross Taylor became Dean of the Graduate School at Bryn Mawr in 1942 but continued to be very prominent in the Classics field-serving as President of the American Philological Association in 1942 and Sather Professor in the University of California in 1947-and beyond (in 1943-1944 she was Principal Social Science Analyst in the Office of Strategic Services).

 

Retiring from Bryn Mawr in 1952, she remained active as professor in charge of the Classical School of the American Academy in Rome, Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, visiting professor in various universities, and Member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She was killed by a hit-and-run driver on 18 November 1969

 

From Bryn Mawr Alumnae Bulletin (Winter 1981), in turn adapted from the entry by Agnes Kirsopp Michels '30, Ph.D. 1934 in Barbara Sicherman and Carol Hurd Green (edd.), Notable American Women: The Modern Period (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Univ. Press, 1980).

 

See further T.R.S. Broughton's expert assessment of the life and work of Lily Ross Taylor in W.W. Briggs and W.M. Calder III (edd.), Classical Scholarship: A Biographical Encyclopedia (New York and London 1990) pp. 454-461 and in Ward W. Briggs, Jr. (ed.) Biographical Dictionary of North American Classicists (Greenwood Press: Westport, CT and London, 1994) pp. 636-638.

 

 

Bibliography of Lily Ross Taylor (1912-1966)

compiled by Department of Latin, Bryn Mawr College, for the occasion of Lily Ross Taylor's 80th birthday, 12 August 1966, with articles through 1969 and list of dissertations by T.C. Brennan. The whole was prepared for computer by Natalie S. Watson, '99.

1912
    • "The Cults of Ostia." (Bryn Mawr Diss. ) Bryn Mawr College Monograph Series 11 (1912).
1914
    • "Augustales, Seviri Augustales, and Seviri: a Chronological Study," TAPA 45 (1914) 231-53.
1918
    • "Livy and the Name Augustus," CR 32 (1918) 158-61.
1920
    • "The Site of Lucus Feroniae," JRS 10 (1920) 29-36.
    • "The Worship of Augustus in Italy during his Lifetime," TAPA 51(1920) 116-33.
    • Review of J. Carcopino, Virgile et les Origines d' Ostie in AJP 41 (1920) 396-400.
1921
    • "The Altar of Manlius in the Lateran," AJA 25 (1921) 387-95.
    • "Labienus and the Status of the Picene Town Cingulum," CR 35 (1921) 158 f.
    • "The Latina colonia of Livy XL, 43," CP 16 (1921) 27-33.
1923
    • "Local Cults in Etruria." Papers and Monographs of the American Academy in Rome 2 (1923).
1924
    • "Seviri Equitum Romanorum and Municipal Seviri: A Study in Pre-military Training among the Romans," JRS 14 (1924) 15871.
    • Review of Fr. von Duhn, Italische Graberkunde, Part 1 in AJP 45 (1924) 391-95.
1925
    • "Horace's Equestrian Career," AJP 46 (1925) 161-70.
    • "The Mother of the Lares," AJA 29 (1925) 299-313.
    • Review of F. Cumont, After Life in Roman Paganism in CP 20 (1925) 94f.
    • Review of R. A. L. Fell, Etruria and Rome in CP 20 (1925) 93f.
    • Review of M. della Corte, Iuventus in AJA 29 (1925) 192-94.
1926
    • "The Euryclids in Latin Inscriptions from Corinth," AJA 30 (1926) 389400 (with A. B. West).
1927
    • "The Cult of Alexander at Alexandria," CP 22 (1927) 162-69.
    • "The proskynesis and the Hellenistic Ruler Cult," JHS 47 (1927) 53-62.
1928
    • "The daimon of the Persian King," JHS 48 (1928) 6.
    • "Latin Elegiacs from Corinth," AJA 32 (1928) 922. (with A. B. West)
1929
    • "Tiberius' Refusals of Divine Honors," TAPA 60 (1929) 87-101.
    • Review of J. Carcopino, La Basilique Pythagoricienne de la Porte Majeure in AJA 33 (1929) 149f.
    • Review of C.C. Van Essen, Did Orphic Influence on Etruscan Tomb Painting Exist? in AJA 33 (1929) 170f.
1930
    • "Alexander and the Serpent of Alexandria," CP 25 (1930) 375-78.
    • Review of J. Stroux and Leopold Wenger, Die Augustus Inschrift auf dem Marktplatz von Kyrene in CP 25 (1930) 389f.
1931
    • The Divinity of the Roman Emperor. Philological Monographs 1, American Philological Association, Middletown CT (1931).
    • "Aniconic Worship among the Early Romans," in Classical Studies in Honor of John C. Rolfe ( 1931) 305-14.
    • Review of R. Heinze, Die Augusteische Kultur in CP 26 (1931) 433.
1932
    • Review of Fr. Poulsen, Katalog des Etruskischen Museums (Helbig Museum) der Ny Carlsberg Glyptothek and Bildertafeln des Etruskischen Museums der Ny Carlsberg Glyptothek in AJA 36 (1932) 375.
    • Review of L. Vitali (ed.), Fonti per la Storia della Religione Cyrenaica in AJA 36 (1932) 376.
1933
    • "The Asiarchs," in Jackson and Lake, The Beginnings of Christianity, Part I, Vol. 5 (1933) 256-62.
    • "Artemis of Ephesus," ibid. 251-56.
    • "Quirinius and the Census of Judaea," AJP 54 (1933) 120-33.
    • Review of W. Huttl, Antoninus Pius, vol. II in AJA 37 (1933) 648.
1934
    • "New Light on the History of the Secular Games," AJP 55 (1934) 101-120
    • "Varro's De gente populi Romani," CP 29 (1934) 221-29.
    • Review of O. Immisch, W. Kolbe, W. Schadewaldt, H. Heiss, Aus Roms Zeitwende: Von Wesen und Wirken des Augusteischen Geistes in CP 29 (1934) 270f.
1935
    • "The Sellisternium and the Theatrical Pompa," CP 30 (1935) 122-30.
1936
    • "The Publii Lucilii Gamalae of Ostia," AJP 57 (1936) 183-89.
    • "Recenti Studi Americani Sulla Religione Romana," Studi Romani nel Mondo 3 (1936) 315.
    • "M. Titius and the Syrian Command," JRS 26 (1936) 161-73.
    • "Seats and Peplos on the Parthenon Frieze," AJA 40 (1936) 121.
    • Review of J. Johnson, Excavations at Minturnae I: Monuments of the Republican Forum in AJA 40 (1936) 284f.
1937
    • "On the Chronology of Cicero's Letters to Atticus, Book XIII," CP 32 (1937) 228-40.
    • "The Opportunities for Dramatic Performances in the Time of Plautus and Terence," TAPA 68 (1937) 284-304.
    • "A Sellisternium on the Parthenon Frieze?" Quantulacumque (Studies in Honor of Kirsopp Lake) (1937) 253-64.
    • "Tiberius' Ovatio and the Ara Numinis Augusti," AJP 58 (1937) 185-93.
    • Review of C. W. McEwan, The Oriental Origin of Hellenistic Kingship in AJA 41 (1937) 161.
    • Review of F. Sauter, Der romische Kaiserkult bei Martial und Statius in AJP 58 (1937) 126.
    • Review of Opuscula Archaeologica I, fasc. 2 in AJA 41 (1937) 512f.
1938
    • Review of Papers presented to Sir Henry Stuart Jones, JRS 27 (1937), Part 1, in AJP 59 (1938) 103-06.
    • Review of B. Fortsch, Die Politische Rolle der Frau in der Romischen Republik in CP 33 (1938) 117f.
1939
    • "Cicero's Aedileship," AJP 60 (1939) 194-202.
    • Review of V. Niebergall, Griechische Religion und Mythologie in der altesten Literatur der Romer in AJP 60 (1939) 393f.
    • Review of F. Altheim, A History of Roman Religion (tr. H. Mattingly ) in AJA 43 (1939) 545f.
    • Review of G. H. Macurdy, Vassal Queens and Some Contemporary Women of the Roman Empire in AJA 43 (1939) 173.
1940
    • General Index, Economic Survey of Ancient Rome. Baltimore (1940) (with T. R. S. Broughton, A. A. Boyce, and others).
1941
    • "Caesar's Early Career," CP 36 (1941) 113-32.
    • Review of A. Degrassi (ed.), Inscriptiones Italiae 13. Fasti et Elogia, fasc. 3, Elogia in AJP 62 (1941) 379f.
    • Review of Papers of the British School at Rome 14 (New Series 1) in AJP 62 (1941) 380f.
    • Review of C. Shaw, Etruscan Perugia in CP 36 (1941) 206.
    • Review of H. Strasburger, Caesars Eintritt in die Geschichte in CP 36 (1941) 413f.
    • Review of E. C. Evans, The Cults of the Sabine Territory, in CP 36 (1941) 414f.
1942
    • "Caesar's Colleagues in the Pontifical College," AJP 63 (1942) 385-412.
    • "The Election of the Pontifex Maximus in the Late Republic," CP 37 (1942) 421-24.
    • "Caesar and the Roman Nobility," TAPA 73 (1942) 124.
    • Review of I. Ryberg, An Archaeological Record of Rome in AHR 47 (194142) 310f.
    • Review of R. O. Fink, A. S. Hoey, W. F. Snyder, The Feriale Duranum and W. F. Snyder, Public Anniversaries in the Roman Empire: The Epigraphical Evidence for their Observance in the First Three Centuries in AJA 46 (1942) 310f.
    • Review of T. Klauser and A. Rucker, Pisciculi. Studien zur Religion und Kultur des Altertums in AJA 46 (1942) 157.
1944
    • "Symbols of the Augurate on Coins of the Caecilii Metelli," AJA 48 (1944) 352-56.
1946
    • Review of F. B. Marsh, Modern Problems in the Ancient World in CW 39 (1945-46) 117f.
    • Review of J. M. C. Toynbee, Roman Medallions in AHR 51 (194546) 103f.
    • "The Date of the Capitoline Fasti," CP 41 (1946) 111.
1949
    • "Party Politics in the Age of Caesar." Sather Classical Lectures, 22, Berkeley and Los Angeles (1949).
    • "Foreign Groups in Roman Politics of the Late Republic," in Collection Latomus Hommages à Joseph Bidez et à Franz Cumont (1949) 323-30.
    • "The Order of the Two Consuls' Names in the Yearly Lists," Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome 19 (1949) 314 (with T. R. S. Broughton ).
    • "On the Chronology of Cicero's Letters of 56-55 B.C.," CP 44 (1949) 217-21.
    • Review of S. Mazzarino, Dalla Monarchia allo Stato Repubblicano in AJA 53 (1949) 419f.
1950
    • "Degrassi's Edition of the Consular and Triumphal Fasti," CP 45 (1950) 84-95.
    • "The Date and the Meaning of the Vettius Affair," Historia 1 (1950) 45-51.
    • "Annals of the Roman Consulship on the Arch of Augustus," Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 94, No. 6 (1950) 511-16.
1951
    • "New Indications of Augustan Editing in the Capitoline Fasti," CP 46 (1951) 73-80.
    • "On the Chronology of Caesar's First Consulship," AJP 71 (1951) 254-68.
    • "Caesar's Agrarian Laws and his Municipal Policy," Studies in Roman Economic and Social History in Honor of A. C. Johnson (1951) 68-78.
    • Review of K. Hanell, Das altromische eponyme Amt in AJP 72 (1951) 69-72.
    • Review of P. Meloni, Servio Sulpicio Rufo e i suoi tempi: Studio biografico in CP 46 (1951) 134.
1952
    • "Lucretius on the Roman Theater," Studies in Honour of Gilbert Norwood (1952) 147-55.
    • "Janus and the Fasti," (with L. A. Holland) CP 47 (1952) 137-42.
    • "Objectives of the Graduate School," Journal of Higher Education 23 (1952) 18-23.
    • Review of J. Carcopino, Cicero: the Secret of his Correspondence (Engl. tr.) in AHR 57 (195152) 414-16.
    • Review of H. H. Scullard, Roman Politics, 220-150 B. C. in AJP 73 (1952) 302-06.
    • Review of M. Gelzer, Pompeius in CW 46 (195253) 23f.
    • Review of W. F. Jashemski, The Origins and History of the Proconsular and the Propraetorian Imperium to 27 B.C. in AJA 57 (1953) 146-48.
1954
    • "On the Date of Ad Atticum 2.24," CQ N.S. 4 (1954) 181f.
    • "The Four Urban Tribes and the Four Regions of Ancient Rome," Rendiconti Accad. poet. di arch. 27 (19524) 225-38.
    • Review of G. De Sanctis, Storia dei Romani 4: La Fondazione dell' Impero 2 in AJP 76 (1955) 8689.
1956
    • "Trebula Suffenas and the Plautii Silvani," Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome 24 (1956) 930.
1957
    • "The Centuriate Assembly before and after the Reform," AJP 78 (1957) 337-54.
    • "The Rise of Julius Caesar," Greece and Rome (2nd. Series) 4 (1957) 10-18.
    • Review of Papers Presented to Hugh Macilwain Last, JRS 47 (1957), part 1 in AJP 80 (1959) 102-04.
    • Review of R. E. Smith, The Failure of the Roman Republic in AHR 62 (195657) 107f.
1958
    • Review of P. Fraccaro, Opuscula I in AHR 63 (195758) 168.
1959
    • "In Praise of Curiosity," Brown University Graduate Journal 8, no. 2 (1959) 35-43.
    • Review of P. Fraccaro, Opuscula II and III in AHR 64 (1958-59) 143.
    • Review of A. Degrassi (ed.), Inscriptiones Latinae Liberae Rei Publicae, fasc. prior in CP 54 (1959) 142-44.
1960
    • The Voting Districts of the Roman Republic: The Thirty-five Urban and Rural Tribes. Papers and Monographs of the American Academy in Rome 20 (1960).
    • Review of E. Badian, Foreign Clientelae (26470 B.C.) in AJA 64 (1960) 210f.
1961
    • "The Corrector of the Codex of Cicero's De Republica," AJP 82 (1961) 337-45.
    • "Freedmen and Freeborn in the Epitaphs of Imperial Rome," AJP 82 (1961) 113-32.
    • Review of K. Latte, Romische Religionsgeschichte in CW 54 (196061) 217f.
    • Review of M. Sordi, I rapporti romanoceriti e 1' origine della civitas sine suffragio in AJP 82 (1961) 449f.
    • Review of R. Lambrechts, Essai sur les Magistratures des Republiques Etrusques in AJA 65 (1961) 407f
    • Review of D. R. Shackleton Bailey, Towards a Text of Cicero, Ad Atticum in Phoenix 15 (1961) 243f.
1962
    • "Forerunners of the Gracchi," JRS 52 (1962) 19-27.
    • Review of J. H. Oliver, Demokratia, the Gods and the Free World in Archaeology 15 (1962) 141f.
1963
    • "On Length of Lines in the Tradition of the De Republica," AJP 84 (1963) 66f.
    • "Was Tiberius Gracchus' Last Assembly Electoral or Legislative?," Athenaeum 41 (1963) 51-69.
    • Review of J. P. V. D. Balsdon, Roman Women. Their History and Habits in Gnomon 35 (1963) 840f.
1964
    • "The Office of Nasica Recorded in Cicero, ad Atticum 2.1.9," Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Honor of B. L. Ullman (Rome 1964) 79-85.
    • "Cornelius Nepos and the Publication of Cicero's Letters to Atticus," Hommages à Jean Bayet, Collection Latomus 70 (1964 ) 678-81.
    • "Magistrates of 55 B.C. in Cicero's Pro Plancio and Catullus 52," Athenaeum 42 (1964) 12-28.
    • Review of D. C. Earl, The Political Thought of Sallust and A. Ernout (ed. and tr.), PseudoSalluste. Lettres à César, Invectives in AJP 85 (1964) 94-96.
1965
    • Review of A. Degrassi, Scritti vari di antichità in AJA 69 (1965) 288f.
    • Review of A. P. Frutaz and others, Le Piante di Roma in CP 60 (1965) 220-222.
    • Review of J. Hellegouarc'h, Le vocabulaire latin des relations et des partis politiques sous la république in AJP 86 (1965) 32830.
1966
    • Roman Voting Assemblies. Jerome Lectures, Ann Arbor, Michigan (1966).
    • "Appian and Plutarch on Tiberius Gracchus' Last Assembly," Athenaeum 44 (1966) 238-250.
1968
    • "The Order of the Consuls' Names in Official Republican Lists", Historia 17 (1968) 166-172 (with T.R.S. Broughton).
    • "The Dating of Major Legislation and Elections in Caesar's First Consulship", Historia 17 (1968) 178-193.
    • "Republican and Augustan Writers Enrolled in the Equestrian Centuries", TAPA 99 (1968) 469-486.
1969
    • "Seating Space in the Roman Senate and the Senatores Pedarii", TAPA 100 (1969) 529-582 (with Russell T. Scott).

 

Bryn Mawr dissertations completed under the direction of Lily Ross Taylor:
 

1931

    Rosenzweig, Irene.? The ritual and cults of pre-Roman Iguvium.

1933

    Abaecherli (later Boyce), Aline L. The institution of the imperial cult in the western provinces of the Roman empire.

?1934

    Baldwin (later Rich), Faith P.? Gaius Asinius Pollio: a biography and historical study. {Director not ascertained, but quite possibly L.R. Taylor}

    Lake (later Michels), Agnes Kirsopp.? Campana supellex : the pottery deposit at Minturnae. {co-directed with L.A. Holland}

    Marti, Berthe Marie.? The adoration of the Roman emperor from Augustus to Charlemagne.

1935

    Goodfellow, Charlotte Elizabeth.? Roman citizenship; a study of its territorial and numerical expansion from the earliest time to the death of Augustus. {co-directed with T.R.S. Broughton}

1937

    Deutsch (later Bagnall), Rosamund Esther. The pattern of sound in Lucretius.

1939

    Savage, Susan May.? The cults of ancient Trastevere.

    Tait, Jane Isabella Marion.? Philodemus' influence on the Latin poets.

1940

    Tolles, Delight.? The banquet-libations of the Greeks.

    Russell (later White), Helen Elizabeth.? Insignia of office as rewards in the Roman Republic: Advancement in rank under the Roman republic as a reward for the soldier and the public prosecutor.

1951

    Hoffman (later Lewis), Martha Wilson. The membership of the four major colleges of priests from 44 B.C. to 37 A.D. {co-directed with T.R.S. Broughton}

1952

    Hoy, Louise E. Price. Political influence in Roman prosecutions, 75 B.C. to 60 B.C.: with a listing of the trials.

1961

    Wilkinson (later Rawson), Beryl Marie. The names of children in Roman imperial epitaphs: a study of social conditions in the lower classes.