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Women Classical ScholarsUnsealing the Fountain from the Renaissance to Jacqueline de Romilly$
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Rosie Wyles and Edith Hall

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198725206

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198725206.001.0001

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A. M. Dale

A. M. Dale

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Women Classical Scholars

Laetitia Parker

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the contribution made by A. M. Dale (1901–67) to the classical tradition and suggests that her major work The Lyric Metres of Greek Drama (1948) revolutionized thinking about Greek lyric metre. Amy Marjorie Dale (‘Madge’ to her friends) won a scholarship in classics to Somerville College, Oxford, and was the fourth woman to achieve a double first in the thirty years for which the examinations had been open to women. She took up academic posts at Westfield College, University of London (1927), Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford (1929), and Birkbeck College (1952). In 1957, she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy and in 1959 was promoted to a personal chair. After assessing the contribution made by Lyric Metres (1948), the chapter considers Dale’s other publications: her experimental articles on Pindar, two editions of plays by Euripides, and her Collected Papers (published posthumously in 1969).

Keywords:   A. M. Dale, ancient drama, lyric, Greek metre, T. B. L. Webster

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