Samuel Ball Platner

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He is not to be confused with the somewhat earlier Roman topographer Ernst Platner.
The Comitium as recently excavated

Samuel Ball Platner (December 4, 1863 – August 20, 1921) was an American classicist and archaeologist.[1]

Platner was born at Unionville, Connecticut, and educated at Yale College, he taught at Western Reserve University[2] and is best known as the author of various topographical works on ancient Rome,[3] chief among them A Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome, completed after Platner's death by Thomas Ashby and published in 1929;[4] and as a contributor to the 1911 Britannica.


  • The topography and monuments of ancient Rome (1st ed. 1904; 2nd rev ed. 1911; Boston, Allyn & Bacon).[3]


  1. ^ "Obituary: Samuel Ball Platner". Classical Philology. 17: 281–282. 1922.
  2. ^ Adelbert College; J. D. Williamson (1921). Samuel Ball Platner, 1863-1921: A Memorial Adopted by the Faculty of Adelbert College of Western Reserve University and an Address Delivered at the Burial Service.
  3. ^ a b Samuel Ball Platner (1904). The Topography and Monuments of Ancient Rome. Allyn and Bacon.
  4. ^ Samuel Ball Platner; Thomas Ashby (1992). A Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome. L'Erma di Bretschneider.

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