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which have been well received and had good circulation. In order of
publication these are: Selected Letters of Cicero, 1916; 2nd edition,
1931; Selected Epigrams of Martial, 1931; Selected Letters of Pliny,
1937; T. Lizius Narrator, 1938. He was president of the Classical
Association of the Middle West and South in 1937-38. A militant
defender of the ancient classics he has stated his views in an address:
"An Educational Credo," frequently delivered before educational
meetings and published in the Bulletin of Wake Forest College,
November, 1927.
During the period of President Poteat's administration and until his
death, in his eighty-fourth year, January 27, 1928, Dr. William Bailey
Royall continued as head of the Department of Greek, a position he
occupied for more than sixty-two years. Though his health had been
growing increasingly feeble for twenty years before his death and he
had been compelled to give up some of his classes which required the
more arduous work, yet he continued to teach until shortly before the
end of this period, having one class, that in New Testament Greek, a
third-year course, which for several years met in his drawing room.
During these latter years Dr. Royall entrusted the greater part of the
work to Dr. George W. Paschal, and for part of the time employed at
his own expense an instructor, Mr. Sam N. Lamb, to teach the course
in Xenophon. Perhaps there was no college in the entire land where
Greek was more freely elected. The registrations in 1925-26 were
139, and they had been large even during the war of 1917-18. During
this period there were no lecture courses, all being devoted to
instruction in the Greek language and literature. The registrations for
the beginners' course often numbered as many as forty, and not
seldom the classes in third year Greek, Homer and the New
Testament numbered more than thirty. Nor was the work done with
any sacrifice of thoroughness; in the universities and the seminaries to
which the students who had received their instruction in Greek at
Wake Forest went for advanced work they were reckoned among the
best trained in that
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