Bryn Mawr Classical Review 04.04.25


Commentary: T.R.S. Broughton (1900-1993)


With the passing of Bob Broughton the world of classical scholarship has suffered an irreparable loss. Colleagues the world around will take some comfort from the fact that through his work "... posteritati narratus et traditus superstes erit", as one of his preferred Latin authors has written. But, by the same token, those of us who were privileged to know him and so discovered what an inexhaustible font of knowledge he was for the Roman world, which he had measured from west to east on foot and by bicycle and committed to memory in his youth, must also recognise that the monumental Magistrates, magisterial as they are, cannot convey the full measure of the scholar and humanist, even as his quiet, modest mien suggested rather than displayed the riches of his personality. Bryn Mawr condoles with North Carolina, yet grateful, as that institution will be, to have had the pleasure and profit that association with TSRB inevitably brought.

Russell T. Scott
Bryn Mawr College