North American Scholar

AVERY, Maurice Wescott

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1896-09-06
  • Born City: Bath
  • Born State/Country: ME
  • Parents: Joseph & Maude A.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1973-06-30
  • Death City: Williamstown
  • Death State/Country: MA
  • Married: Alice Lydia Naugler, 5 Mar. 1919.
  • Education:

    B.A. Bowdoin, 1919; A.M. Harvard, 1922, Ph.D., 1928.

  • Professional Experience:

    Princ. Rockport (ME) HS, 1920-21; instr. to prof. Lat. Williams College, 1923-65; Massachusetts prof. Lat. lang. & lit., 1960-5.

  • Dissertation:

    "De numericis lyricis Graecis in carminibus quibusdam nuper repertis audiuntur" (Harvard, 1928).

  • Publications:

    Latin Prose Literature, Cato to Suetonius (Boston, 1931).

  • Notes:

    In 1934 Maurice Avery developed one of the first courses in classical civilization in this country, after Williams had dropped the Latin requirement for graduation. The course stressed Avery's view that the civilizations of Greece and Rome provided the basis for our own institutions, a view he stressed in his more than 40 years of teaching at Williams.

  • Sources:

    NatCAB 57:711.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.