By Robert J. Ball
Gilbert Highet (1906–1978) was one of Columbia University’s greatest teachers and in his day the most celebrated classical scholar in America. One may regard his life and career as both extraordinary and controversial. Now, over forty years after his death, a fresh retrospect seems appropriate, as a way of presenting new information about him and evaluating his enduring classical legacy for the twenty-first century reader. This fully documented biographical appreciation of Highet’s life and work, capped by fully updated bibliographies of publications by him and about him, offers a long-overdue “official life” of this unique and towering figure.