Bachelor of Arts in Latin, Goucher College, 1943. Master of Arts in Classical Literature, Johns Hopkin's University, 1949. Doctor of Philosophy in Classical Literature, Johns Hopkin's University, 1952.
Teaching intern St. John's College, 1953-1954. From instructor to assistant professor Sweet Briar College, 1954-1960. Assistant professor classics Georgia State University, 1960—1962, associate professor, 1962-1984, associate professor emerita foreign languages, 1989.
Co-professor in charge Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, Rome, 1984-1985. Associate professor Emory University, 1989-1994, Agnes Scott College, 1997, retired, 1997. Lieutenant (junior grade) United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1946.
Member Classical Society of America Academy in Rome (treasurer, vice president, president 1963-1969), Classical and Modern Foreign Language Association (president 1969-1971), Atlanta Society Archaeol. Institute American (president 1979-1980), Georgia Classical Association (president 1985-1987), Vergilian Society of America (co-executive secretary 1992-1993).
Married Herbert W. Benario, December 23, 1957. Children: Frederick M., John H.