Wilmer Cave Wright

Wilmer Cave Wright (January 21, 1868 – November 16, 1951) was a British-born American classical philologist, and a contributor to the culture and history of medicine.[1] She was a professor at Bryn Mawr College, where she taught Greek.[2]

Wilmer Cave Wright

Early years and educationEdit

Emily Wilmer Cave France was born in Birmingham, England. Her parents were William Haumer and F. E. Cave-Browne-Cave France.[3]

She studied from 1888 to 1892 at Girton College, Cambridge; and from 1892 to 1893, Graduate in Honours, Cambridge Classical Tripos. She earned her Ph.D. in 1895 at the University of Chicago with a comprehensive study of the Sophist and Neoplatonist influences in the literary work of Emperor Julian. She was a Fellow in Greek, Bryn Mawr College, 1892–93; Fellow in Latin, University of Chicago, 1893–94, and Fellow in Greek, 1894–95. She was also a Reader in Greek and Latin, University of Chicago, 1895–96.[4]


From 1897, she taught at Bryn Mawr College, first as Reader in Classics, from 1898 as Associate Professor of Greek, later as Full Professor of Greek. In 1933, she retired.

Wright specialized in late antique literature. Her studies on Julian's writings (4th century AD) presupposed great literacy in the ancient literature of previous centuries. Her literary history (1907), which ranged from the Homeric epics to Emperor Julian, was valued in the academic world and highly praised (for example, by Gilbert Murray). Her translations of the Sophist of the Eunapius of Sardis and Philostratos (1922) as well as the writings of Julian (1913-1923) belong to this context. Later, Wright was primarily concerned with the history of early modern medicine and edited annotated reissues of various historical treatises.[3]

On September 6, 1906, she married J. Edmund Wright. She died November 16, 1951, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.[3]

Selected worksEdit

  • The Emperor Julian’s relation to the new sophistic and neo-Platonism. London 1896
  • A Short History of Greek Literature, from Homer to Julian. New York 1907
  • Julian. 3 Bände, Cambridge/London 1913–1923 (Loeb Classical Library)
  • Philostratus and Eunapius: The Lives of the Sophists. Cambridge/London 1922 (Loeb Classical Library)
  • Against the Galilaeans, 1923[5]
  • Hieronymi Fracastorii de contagione et contagiosis morbis et eorum curatione libri III. New York 1930
  • De morbis artificum Bernardini Ramazini diatriba. Chicago 1940
  • Giovanni Maria Lancisi: De aneurysmatibus, opus posthumum. New York 1952
  • Bernardino Ramazzini: De Morbis Typographorum. Birmingham 1989


  1. ^ Emerson, Haven (March 1954). "Wilmer Cave Wright, Ph.D.–1865-1951". Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine. 30 (3): 223–226. ISSN 0028-7091. PMC 1804414. PMID 19312610.
  2. ^ "Wilmer C. Wright". Harvard University Press. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b c American Philological Association 1994, p. 726.
  4. ^ Bryn Mawr College 1921, p. 9.
  5. ^ "Julian the Apostate, Against the Galileans (1923) pp.313-317. Introduction". www.tertullian.org. Retrieved 1 June 2019.



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