Lily Ross Taylor

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Lily Ross Taylor (1886, Alabama - November 18, 1969) was an American academic and author, who in 1917 became the fourth female Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.


Lily Ross Taylor developed an interest in Roman studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, earning an A.B. in 1906. She went to Bryn Mawr College as a graduate student that year, and received her Ph.D. in Latin in 1912. Her dissertation advisor was Tenney Frank. From 1912 until 1927, she taught at Vassar, and, in 1917, she became the fourth female Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.

In 1927, Taylor became a professor of Latin and the chairman of that department at Bryn Mawr. She rose to become dean of the graduate school there in 1942. That same year, she served as president of the American Philological Association, and in 1947 was named Sather Professor in the University of California. From 1943 to 1944, during World War II, she was the 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, and as a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. That year, she received the Achievement Award from the American Association of University Women.

She was killed by a hit-and-run driver on 18 November 1969.



Further reading[edit]

  • Broughton, T.R.S., in Briggs, W.W., and W.M. Calder III (eds.), Classical Scholarship: A Biographical Encyclopedia (New York and London 1990) pp. 454–461; and in Briggs, Jr., Ward W. (ed.) Biographical Dictionary of North American Classicists (Greenwood Press: Westport, Connecticut and London, 1994) pp. 636–638.