In Memoriam: John C. Traupman

(Posted, with permission, from Meaningful Funerals)

Dr. John C. Traupman, of Penn Valley / Narberth, PA., a World War II veteran, University Professor, author of translation dictionaries of languages in Latin and German to English, and a prolific author of may Latin related subjects, died on February 18, 2019 at the Bryn Mawr Hospital. He was 96. His wife Pauline Temmel Traupman, whom he was married to for 70 years, died on December 7, 2018.

Dr. Traupman was born in Nazareth, PA., attended Geneva Seminary in Ohio, and enlisted in the US Army after graduating from high school. Although fluent in German, he was sent to Japan where he became fluent in that language while rising to the rank of Sgt. Major. After the war he enrolled and graduated from Moravian College with a degree in Latin and the Classics. He went on to earn a doctorate from Princeton University.  He joined the St. Joseph's College (now University) faculty where he enjoyed a 38 year career as a University professor, the last 30 years as head of the classical department. John was also instrumental in the growth of the Philadelphia Classical Society where he was president for 8 years. He also found time to teach night school at Villanova University form many years. He published numerous books and was highly sought after as a public speaker at universities and public events. He covered subjects such as Roman, Greek, Egyptian history and archaeology.  John received numerous awards and was known world wide for his publications that are still being used in Universities to this day.

He is survived by his sister Rose Yost, his daughter Diane Phillips, grandson Colin Phillips, son-in-law Nick Phillips and many nieces and nephews. There will be a prvate family gathering in Nazareth, PA.


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In a recent issue of Vanity Fair author Peter Davis writes about a dinner party hosted by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis at which John H. Finley, Jr. and I. F. Stone discuss (mainly) the death of Socrates but also other aspects of ancient Greek civilization.

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View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 05/19/2015 - 8:52am by Adam Blistein.

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View full article. | Posted in Summer Programs on Thu, 05/14/2015 - 3:55pm by Adam Blistein.

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RECEPTION OF ANCIENT MYTHS IN  ANCIENT, MODERN AND POSTMODERN CULTURE                                                                                


12th – 13th   NOVEMBER 2015

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 11:00am by Information Architect.

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The courses will be as follows:
- Latin language (fundamental and advanced)
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- Latin composition
- Roman History
- Ancient Latin literature
- History of ancient Philosophy
- Renaissance and Neo-Latin literature
- Latin and Greek music and poetry
- Classics reading seminars

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 1:33pm by Adam Blistein.

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Papers might address topics such as theatrical music, music in Augustan literature, archaeological evidence for music, ways in which Augustans responded to the musical influence of Greece, or musical performances of Vergil’s works.  Papers will be 20 minutes long with ample time for discussion. The symposium will include three days of papers, discussion, and visits to Vergilian sites.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 10:36am by Adam Blistein.

Dear Colleagues,

Within the last few weeks you should have received from the Society an appeal for our Annual Giving campaign. I know this is a very busy time of year but I hope you will allow me just a few minutes to speak on behalf of the campaign.

Those of us who are officers of the Society are often asked what the SCS actually does. I think it’s fair to say that for most members, the SCS is the annual meeting and the placement service. These are important aspects, of course, but we do much more: resolve disputes arising in professional matters; raise support and lobby on behalf of threatened Classics departments in the US and abroad; support scholarly projects, including L’Année Philologique; promote classics to the general public; and, of course, produce a scholarly journal. And that is far from all.

The fact is that for a Society of our size – we have a small but dedicated staff of three – we actually do a great deal for our members and for the profession at large. Even so, we are constantly on the lookout to do more. One area that we have identified as especially in need of our attention and support is the situation of part-time, adjunct, and in general non-tenure-track faculty. The Board has been discussing ways in which we can help by means of practical measures that are appropriate to our Society’s abilities.

View full article. | Posted in Presidential Letters on Thu, 05/07/2015 - 1:51pm by .

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View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships, SCS Announcements on Fri, 05/01/2015 - 3:16pm by Adam Blistein.


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