Papers of Roger Hornsby
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Scope and Contents
The papers of Roger Hornsby consist of personal and professional correspondence, lecture notes, essays, and book manuscripts. Also included are dinner party records and correspondence written by and received by his spouse, Jessie Lynn Gillespie Hornsby (1917-1993).
Roger Allen Hornsby (1926-2009) received his B.A. degree at Adelbert College of Western Reserve University in 1949 and his A.M. and Ph.D. degrees at Princeton University in 1951 and 1952, respectively. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954. On June 8, 1960 he married Jessica (Jessie) Lynn Gillespie, a professor of French at the University of Iowa.
Roger Hornsby joined the University of Iowa faculty in 1954. He served as chair of the Department of Classics from 1966 to 1981. During his career he was also active in numerous regional and national professional organizations. He was president of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) in 1968-1969, and on the board of directors of the American Philological Association from 1974-1977. He was a trustee of the American Academy in Rome, a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, a trustee of the Vergilian Society, and served on the council of the American Numismatic Society. After his retirement he was named the Whichard Distinguished Professor at East Carolina University in 1997-1998.
Professor Hornsby had wide interests in the study of the ancient world and the teaching of the languages it spoke. His publications focused on Latin poetry and included Reading Latin Poetry (1967), Patterns of Action in the Aeneid (1970), and numerous articles and reviews in professional journals.
Roger Hornsby was born in Nye, Wisconsin on August 8, 1926, and died in Iowa City, Iowa, on October 20, 2009.
Folder, "Hornsby, Jessica L. Gillespie and Roger A." Faculty and Staff Vertical Files collection (RG 01.15.03)
Records of the Department of Classics (RG 06.10)
Box Contents List
----. American Philological Association
----. American Numismatic Society
Notes on Homer, Plato, Pindar
Papers from Graduate School
Exercises for Euthyphro, Alcestis
Academic career and retirement
Lectures and essays on: Vergil's Aeneid and manuscript of commentary on Aeneid XII
Academic career, including Roll Books
Vergil: lectures and notes on Aeneid; essays on Aeneid, Georgics, Eclognes
Correspondence with Jessie and Mother
----. 1942, 1956-1969
Personal correspondence and other documents, including those from Jessie Gillespie Hornsby and her family
----. Includes dinner party records of guest lists, menus and wine lists, 1966-1990 (four binders)
The Building of Ancient Rome, with correspondence to and from publishers (in box)
Correspondence about Reading Latin Poetry (folder)
Correspondence about Patterns of Action in the Aeneid (folder)
Latin pedagogical materials:
Seligson-Hornsby Latin II course
Line by line commentary on Cicero Orations
Line by line commentary/teaching materials on Aeneid
Commentary on Ovid, Metamorphoses I
Lecture notes on Latin authors