Berthe Marie Marti
(Born May 11, 1904 in Vevey
, Switzerland - died June 4, 1995 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
, USA) was a Swiss-American scholar and teacher of classical and medieval Latin
Education and degrees: Baccalauréat, Gymnase classique Cantonal, Lausanne
, 1922; Licenciée-ès-lettres (in Latin and English literature), University of Lausanne, 1925; MA in Latin, Bryn Mawr College, 1926; PhD in Latin, Bryn Mawr College, 1934. Dissertation: "The Adoration of the Roman Emperor from Augustus to Charlemagne," under the direction of Lily Ross Taylor.
Marti taught classical and medieval Latin at Bryn Mawr College
, as instructor in Latin and French (1930–1934), assistant professor of Latin (1935–1943), associate professor (1943–1951), and professor (1951–1963). She moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 1963, and taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
as professor of classical and medieval Latin from 1963 until her retirement in 1976. For most of this period, she spent each fall in Rome, working on various research projects in the libraries of the American Academy in Rome
and the Vatican, and then taught at Chapel Hill in the spring of the year.
Among her numerous awards and distinctions: Rome Prize
to the American Academy in Rome, 1944–1945; Fulbright Research
Grant in Italy, 1946; Guggenheim Fellowship
, 1954–1955; Martin Lectures
("Imitation and Originality in the Latin Epic of the Silver Age"), Oberlin College
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