Cedric Whitman

Cedric Hubbell Whitman (December 1, 1916 – June 5, 1979) was an American poet and academician from Providence, Rhode Island. He received his PhD from Harvard University in 1947 and joined the faculty that year. In 1966, he became the first Jones Professor of Classic Literature. In 1974, Whitman became the Eliot Professor of Greek Literature, a position he would serve until his death in 1979.[1][2]

Whitman is known for his research into Greek playwrights, Sophocles and Homer, and wrote Sophocles: A Study in Heroic Humanism in 1951 which won him the Award of Merit of the American Philological Association the following year. His 1958 book, Homer and the Heroic Tradition, won him the Christian Gauss Prize.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ "Eliot Professor Of Greek Lit Dies at 64". The Harvard Crimson. 1979-06-07. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  2. ^ Werner Jaeger (2 September 2003). The Theology of the Early Greek Philosophers: The Gifford Lectures, 1936. Wipf & Stock Publishers. pp. 7–. ISBN 978-1-59244-321-5.
  3. ^ E. M. Blaiklock (1959-10-01). "Homer and the Heroic Tradition. Cedric H. Whitman". Journals.uchicago.edu. 54 (4): 276–277. doi:10.1086/364423.
  4. ^ Gerald F. Else (1953-01-03). "Sophocles: A Study of Heroic Humanism. Cedric H. Whitman". Journals.uchicago.edu. 48: 56–58. doi:10.1086/363597.
  5. ^ Jean Houston (1 May 2006). The Hero and the Goddess: The Odyssey as Pathway to Personal Transformation. Quest Books/Theosophical Publishing House. pp. 426–. ISBN 978-0-8356-0878-7.