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Boulter, C. G.

    Full Name: Boulter, C. G.

    Other Names:

    • Cedric Gordon Boulter

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1912

    Date Died: 1989

    Place Born: Tryon, Province of Prince Edward Island, Canada

    Place Died: Cincinnati, Hamilton, OH, USA

    Home Country/ies: Canada

    Subject Area(s): Classical

    Career(s): educators


    University of Cincinnati professor of classical art history, 1939-1985. After Boulter received his B.A. from Prince of Wales College in 1930, he continued study at Acadia University, 1933, Johns Hopkins University, 1933-1934, and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, 1934-1935. At the American School he studied under Carl. W. Blegen (1887-1971). Excavating Troy at Blegen’s direction, Boulter uncovered a Mycenaean wall and the remains of what Blegen identified as the Scaean Gate; Boulter received full credit for the discovery. Boulter was awarded his Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Cincinnati in 1939 and immediately began teaching there, first as Instructor, 1939-1945, and then as Assistant Professor, 1945-1952. He married Patricia Neils. Boulter was promoted to Associate Professor in 1952. In 1954 Boulter was promoted to Professor, commissing the architect Frank Lloyd Wright to design his Cincinnati home at 1 Rawson Woods Circle, as his father-in-law had done in 1950. He served on the American School of Classical Studies Executive Committee from 1954 to 1959 (and a second time, 1966 to 1973). He spent the academic year 1965-1966 as the Annual Professor at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Boulter became Chairman of the Taft Faculty Committee at the University in 1961 (through 1972). Beginning in 1974 he served on the Executive Committee of the Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC), the scholarly dictionary of classical imagery. He was named a Fellow of the Graduate School in 1965. He authored several volumes of the Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum for midwest collections, the first, for the Cleveland Museum of Art, in 1971. Additional volumes of the CVA for the Toledo Msuem of Art were written with Kurt T. Luckner, the first in 1975. A second Graduate School Fellowship at Cincinnati was awarded in 1972 along with the Charles Phelps Taft Professorship of Classics. He retired emeritus from the university in 1985. After his death, a Cedric G. Boulter Professorship of Classical Archaeology was established at the university. Boulter’s primary interest was in the ceramics of ancient Greece

    Selected Bibliography

    “The Cleveland Museum of Art.” Corpus vasorum antiquorum. United States fascicules 15, 35. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1971; and Luckner, Kurt T. “The Toledo Museum of Art.” Corpus vasorum antiquorum. United States of America, fascicule 17. Toledo: Toledo Museum of Art, 1976; edited, Greek Art, Archaic into Classical: a Symposium Held at the University of Cincinnati April 2-3, 1982. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1985.


    Ridgway, Brunhilde Sismondo. “The State of Research on Ancient Art,” Art Bulletin 68 (March 1986): 8, note 8; [obituary:] Luckner, Kurt T. “Cedric Gordon Boulter, 1912-1989.” American Journal of Archaeology 94, no. 3 (July 1990): 481-482.


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