H. J. Rose
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Herbert Jennings Rose (5 May 1883 – 31 July 1961) is remembered as the author of A Handbook of Greek Mythology, originally published in 1928, which for many years became the standard student reference book on the subject, reaching a sixth edition by 1958. Rose's Handbook was brought up-to-date along the same framework by Robin Hard, in The Routledge Handbook of Greek Mythology (Routledge 2004), a project that began as a mere revision.
Rose was born in Orillia, Ontario, Canada, to a family of Scottish descent. He attended McGill University, where he was awarded a Rhodes scholarship, with which he went on to Balliol College, Oxford. He was said to be the first Oxford undergraduate to wear a soft hat on Sundays. For four years he was a fellow and tutor of Exeter College. In 1911 he married Eliza Plimsoll, elder daughter of Samuel Plimsoll, the British social reformer who advocated improved safety standards at sea.
From 1919 - 1927 Rose was Professor of Latin at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and from 1927 - 1953 he was Professor of Greek at the University of St Andrews. Also during this time in 1934 he became a fellow of the British Academy.
Rose is best remembered as the author of A Handbook of Greek Mythology, 1928. This was his most successful work and is still widely used as a student reference book.
Upon his death it was written in the Glasgow Herald:
- "The Scottish Universities have lost one of their most learned personalities by the death of Emeritus Professor H. J. Rose . . . as a lecturer he was much liked by both learned and popular audiences, while as teacher and colleague he was greatly beloved by generations of pupils and colleagues".
- Modern Methods in Classical Mythology, (St. Andrews) 1930;
- A Handbook of Greek Literature from Homer to Lucian, 1934;
- Hygini Fabulae, 1934;
- A Handbook of Latin Literature (1954)
- Primitive Culture in Greece (London, 1925)
- Primitive Culture in Italy (London, 1926; reprint 1971)
- A Handbook of Greek Mythology (1929; sixth reprint 1958)
- Ancient Greek Religion (London, 1948)
- Ancient Roman Religion (London, 1949)
- Gods and Heroes of the Greeks (London, 1957; many reprints)
- A Commentary on the surviving plays of Aeschylus, 1957-8
- Outline of Classical Literature for Students of English (London, 1959; reprint 1961)