PLATNER, Samuel Ball. Unionville, Conn. 4.12.1863 — at sea 20.8.1921. U.S. Classical Scholar also 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 in 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 taught at American School of Classical Studies in Rome. Died of heart attack at sea on way from New York to Europe. Married 1892 Leonora Sayre. Died en route to Europe.
Publications: Diss. A Comparison of Three Recensions of the Ramayana. Manuscript, Yale 1885.
– Topography and Monuments of Ancient Rome. 1904, rev. 2nd ed. 14+538 p. Boston 1911.
– Other works and 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.
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