Preston Epps

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Preston Epps (1882-1982), began teaching in the department in 1915 as a graduate student, received his MA in English from UNC in 1917 with a thesis, “Studies in English Classicism in the Seventeenth Century,” and then joined the Department of Classics.  He was named a Kenan Professor of Greek in 1955, and held that post until 1961. During his many decades of teaching Greek language and literature, he revised Howe and Harrer’s Greek Literature in Translation (1948). After his retirement in 1961, he published Thoughts from the Greeks (1969) and a translation of the Poetics of Aristotle (1970). He and his wife continued to be presiding geniuses of the department until his death.