Charles Burton Gulick

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Charles Burton Gulick (30 September 1868 – 23 May 1962) was an American classical philologist. He taught at Harvard University from 1892 to 1937.


Charles Burton Gulick was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of the travelling salesman Horace Gulick and his wife Anna Louise Sillcocks Gulick. He studied Classics at Harvard University, where he obtained the Bachelor's degree (A.B.) in 1890 and the Master's degree (A.M.) in 1891. He then undertook a study trip to Germany and Greece.

Gulick spent his academic career at Harvard University. From 1892 he was Instructor in Greek there. In 1894 he was awarded a Ph.D. degree. In 1899 he was appointed Assistant Professor, in 1909 Professor of Greek, and in 1925 Eliot Professor of Greek. He was also Visiting Professor at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (1911–1912), President of the Classical Association of New England (1928–1929), and President of the American Philological Association (1929–1930). He retired in 1937. As his eyesight deteriorated, he had to give up his scholarly work.

Charles Burton Gulick died in White Plains, New York.

Private life

In 1896, he married Anne Hathaway Swift (1869–1948).


Gulick was concerned with various aspects of Greek culture. He wrote two books on the private life of the Greeks and a bilingual edition of the Deipnosophistae of Athenaeus for the Loeb Classical Library (1927). With his considerable Greek language skills, he was able to edit the Greek grammar of his older colleague William Watson Goodwin (1930).

In 1913 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 1940 to the American Philosophical Society.


  • De scholiis Aristophaneis quaestiones mythicae (1894; dissertation)[lower-alpha 1]
  • The Life of the Ancient Greeks (1902)
  • Morris Hicky Morgan, Brief Notes on the Greek Lyric Poets (1903; editor)
  • "The Rendering of the Homeric Hymns." In: Anniversary Papers by Colleagues and Pupils of George Lyman Kittredge (1913)
  • Modern Traits in Old Greek Life (1927)
  • Athenaeus, The Deipnosophists (1928; Loeb Classical Library)
  • William Watson Goodwin, Greek Grammar (1930)



  1. Published in Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Vol. V (1894), pp. 83–166.



  • Stocker, Arthur F. (1994). "Gulick, Charles Burton". In: Ward W. Briggs, ed., Biographical Dictionary of North American Classicists. Westport, CT/London: Greenwood Press, p. 239.

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