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Memoir

David O. Ross
Regent's Proceedings 333

David O. Ross, Jr., Ph.D., professor of Greek and Latin in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, retired from active faculty status on May 31, 2002.

Professor Ross received his B.A. degree from Yale University in 1958 and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard in 1962 and 1966, respectively. His career began as assistant professor in the department of classics at Yale in 1966, and in 1971 he was promoted to associate professor. Professor Ross joined the University of Michigan's department of classical studies as a visiting associate professor of Greek and Latin in 1974. The following year he started his appointment as associate professor at the University of Michigan, and he was promoted to professor in 1980.

Professor Ross's scholarly interests were mainly in the area of Latin poetry, especially of the period from the end of the Roman Republic to the early years of the Empire. This was an exciting period in which Roman poets revolutionized verse by introducing sophisticated, often introspective motifs drawn from Greek Hellenistic poetry, while simultaneously drawing on one another for inspiration. Through his precise analysis of surviving texts, Professor Ross firmly established the main lines of this poetic revolution. His two major books concern the poetry of Catullus in relation to his predecessors and the instrumental role of the poet Gallus in the development of Roman elegy as a major literary form.

From 1964-66 Professor Ross was a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and in 1970-71 he held the Morse Fellowship at Yale University. He also lectured frequently at other institutions, including the University of Rome. By touching the lives of his many students, Professor Ross profoundly influenced the development of Latin literary studies in this country and beyond.

The Regents salute this faculty member by naming David 0. Ross, Jr., professor emeritus of Greek and Latin.