A. M. Dale

Laetitia Parker

in Women Classical Scholars

Published in print October 2016 | ISBN: 9780198725206
Published online November 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191792571 | DOI:

Series: Classical Presences

A. M. Dale

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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

Chapter.  3703 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Literature

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