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Sills Notes, Horace Poetry Make Classic College Gift

Story posted February 19, 2010

The legacies of Roman lyric poet Horace and Kenneth "Casey" Sills, eighth president of Bowdoin, are intertwined in a gift — a book of poetry recently presented to the College by Richard Lyman '57.

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The compilation of Horace odes features notes written in the margins by Sills dating back to September 27, 1906.

It's believed Sills, a professor of English and Latin prior to his tenure as president, used the book as a teaching copy for a course on Horace.

The notes document Sills' teaching methods and suggest he was keeping track of his progress through the semesters.

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Lyman, who minored in Latin literature, says he was given the book during his senior year by Nate Dane, a professor of classics.

The book is part of the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives.

Special Collections also has a booklet from Sills' youth, written in his hand in 1889, comprising a verse from the Bible and a short summary of what the passage means to him.

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