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Meyer Reinhold

Meyer Reinhold (1909–2002) was an American classical scholar.


Meyer Reinhold was born on September 1, 1909. He attended High school at Bushwick High School in Brooklyn. Reinhold went to City College to obtain his bachelors. Then he attended Columbia University, where he earned a Ph.D. in Ancient History in 1933. Following his attendance at Columbia, he spent two years at the American Academy in Rome as a fellow.

He began as a professor at Brooklyn College, where he taught the classics. There, he was forced to resign in the midst of the McCarthy era. This was due to his unwillingness to answer questions about his political views and agenda. He took a few years off teaching and pursued outside interests after this forced resignation. In 1965, he had begun teaching again at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he taught Greek, Latin, and ancient history. In 1967, he moved to the University of Missouri to teach classical studies. This is where he became the Byler Distinguished Professor of Classical Studies. In 1980, he was Professor Emeritus at Boston University. During this endeavor, he had founded the Institute for the Classical Tradition. Also, he founded the International Journal of the Classical Tradition. In 1995, he became a visiting professor at Vanderbilt, in Nashville Tennessee.

Meyer Reinhold died in July 2002. He had a small family who were still living, his brother and his daughter, Helen Reinhold Barret, and her two children. He had a son, Robert Reinhold who had died in 1996. Reinhold had become interested in classical studies after he had read Virgil’s Aeneid.


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  • Ari L., Goldman, “Meyer Reinhold, 92, Scholar Who Popularized the Classics”. The New York Times. July 5, 2002. 1.
  • Wolfgang Haas, “In Memoriam Meyer Reinhold”. International Journal of the Classical Tradition. July 2002. 3-7.
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