Oldfather, William Abbott
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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.

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Calder, William M. III, “Oldfather, William Abbott”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 6 : History of classical Scholarship - A Biographical Dictionary, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2014). Original German-language edition: Geschichte der Altertumswissenschaften: Biographisches Lexikon. Herausgegeven von Peter Kuhlmann und Helmuth Schneider. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 6. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2012). Consulted online on 17 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps6_COM_00522>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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