Tuesday, November 06, 2018


Edward H. Spieker

There doesn't seem to be an entry for Edward H. Spieker in Biographical Dictionary of North American Classicists, ed. Ward W. Briggs, Jr. (Westport: Greenwood Press, 1994), although I don't have access to the book and therefore can't be sure. Briggs does give a few details in his edition of The Letters of Basil Lanneau Gidersleeve (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1987), pp. 241-242, n. 1, including Spieker's cursus honorum at Johns Hopkins University:
Here is a necrology by Wilfred P. Mustard, "Edward Henry Spieker, '79, Ph.D., 1882," The Johns Hopkins Alumni Magazine 6.3 (March, 1918) 298:
Edward Henry Spieker, Collegiate Professor of Greek in the Johns Hopkins University, died at his home, 915 Edmondson Avenue, February 20. He was born in Baltimore, April 18, 1859, and educated at the Baltimore City College. He was a member of the Hopkins class of 1879, the first class which won the degree of A.B. in regular course. Entering the Graduate School, he was Fellow in Greek for two years, and was admitted to the degree of Ph.D. in 1882. He was at once appointed an Associate on the Classical staff, and continued in the service of the University until his death. His academic career thus coincides very closely with the actual life of the University itself. As a teacher of undergraduate Greek, he naturally had smaller classes than some of his colleagues, but his interest in University matters was not confined to his own students, or to his own department. As a member of the Committee on Academic Rules and Regulations and Chairman of the Committee on Scholarships and Honors, he had a very wide and intimate acquaintance with every side of our undergraduate life. For many years he rendered faithful and valuable service as Secretary of both the Board of University Studies and the Board of Collegiate Studies. And for thirty years he was Professor Gildersleeve's right-hand man in carrying on the work of the Johns Hopkins Philological Association. He was a very careful and accurate scholar, and his published contributions to the literature of his subject are all of permanent value. They are of the well-considered final kind which leaves little to add, and nothing to retract. In the earlier volumes of the American Journal of Philology he contributed two important studies in Greek Syntax: "Direct Speech Introduced by a Conjunction," and "The Genitive Absolute in the Attic Orators." In the Studies in Honor of Basil L. Gildersleeve he discussed "The Pentapody in Greek Poetry." And he was the author of the standard text-book for the United States on Greek Prose Composition. Professor Spieker was unusually happy in bis family life, and a devout and consistent churchman. He married, in 1891, Miss Adelaide Marie Maute, of Belmont, Nevada, and is survived by his wife, a son, and two daughters. His son, Edmund Maute (A.B., 1916) is now a graduate student in the University.
A list of Spieker's publications:
I think (but am not certain) that Spieker (dark beard, hat in hand) is at the far right in the front row of this photograph of Johns Hopkins University classics and comparative philology faculty members (Gildersleeve is unmistakable with his white beard in the middle of the front row):

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