PLATNER, Samuel Ball. Unionville, Conn. 4.12.1863 — at sea 20.8.1921 (or 13.8.). U.S. Classical Scholar interested in Sanskrit. Son of William Pl., a factory owner, and Emily Childs Ball, brother of theologian J. W. Pl. (1865–1921). Studies at Yale (A.B. 1883, Ph.D. 1885), further studies 1889-90 at Berlin and Bonn. Taught at Western Reserve University: 1885-90 Instructor in Latin and French, 1890-92 Assistant Professor of Latin, and from 1892 Professor of Latin. In 1899-1900 tught at American School of Classical Studies in Rome. Married in 1892 with Leonora Sayre. Died en route to Europe.
Publications: diss. A Comparison of Three Recensions of the Ramayana. MS. Yale 1885.
– Topography and Monuments of Ancient Rome. 1904, 2nd ed. 1911.
– articles on Latin grammar and literature.
Sources: Who Was Who in America 1, 1897-1942; W. F. Wyatt Jr. in Briggs (ed.), Biogr. Dict. of N. Am. Class. 1994, 502f.; *C. P. Bill, AJPh 43, 1922, 93; *H. N. Fowler, Dict. Am. Biogr. 13, 648 and CPh 17, 1922, 281f.; *Nat. Cycl. Am. Biogr. 12, 214; Wikipedia briefly.