North American Scholar

HADAS, Moses

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1900-06-25
  • Born City: Atlanta
  • Born State/Country: GA
  • Parents: David, a merchant, & Gertrude Draizen H.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1966-08-17
  • Death City: Aspen
  • Death State/Country: CO
  • Married: Ethel J. Elkus, 7 Apr. 1926; Elizabeth M. Chamberlayne, 6 Aug. 1945.
  • Education:

    A.B. Emory, 1922; rabbinical degree, Jewish Theol. Sem., 1926; M.A. Columbia, 1925; Ph.D., 1930; D. Litt. Emory, 1956; L.H.D. Kenyon, 1958; Lehigh, 1962.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. Gk. & Lat. Columbia, 1925-6, 1927-8; U. Cincinnati, 1928-30; instr. to prof. Gk. Columbia, 1930-56; Jay prof. Gk., 1956-65; pres. CAAS, 1941-2.

  • Dissertation:

    “Sextus Pompey” (Columbia, 1930); printed (New York, 1930; repr. 1966).

  • Publications:

    A History of Greek Literature (New York, 1950); The Letter ofAristeas to Philocrates (New York, 1951); A History of Latin Literature (New York, 1952); Ancilla to Classical Reading (New York, 1954); Hellenistic Culture: Fusion and Diffusion (New York, 1959); Humanism: The Greek Ideal and Its Survival (New York, 1960); Old Wine, New Bottles: A Humanist Teacher at Work (New York, 1962); Heroes and Gods: Spiritual Biographies in Antiquity, with Morton Smith (New York, 1965); Imperial Rome (New York, 1965); Introduction to Classical Drama (New York, 1966); The Living Tradition (New York, 1967). Translations edited: The Complete Works of Tacitus (New York, 1942); The Basic Works of Cicero (New York, 1951); The Greek Poets (New York, 1952); A History of Rome (Garden City, NY, 1956); Essential Works of Stoicism (New York, 1961); Aristophanes. Complete Plays (New York, 1962); The Complete Plays of Sophocles (Toronto & New York, 1967).Translations: Joseph ben Meir Zabara, The Book of Delight (New York, 1932); Elias Bickerman, The Maccabees (New York, 1947); J. Burckhardt, The Age of Constantine the Great (New York, 1948); Ferdinand Gregorovius, The Ghetto and the Jews of Rome (New York, 1948); K. Victor, Goethe the Poet (Cambridge, 1949); The First and Third Books of Maccabees (New York, 1953); W. E. Otto, The Homeric Gods: The Spiritual Significance of Greek Religion (New York, 1954); Three Greek Romances (Garden City, NY, 1954); Julius Caesar, The Gallic War and Other Writings (New York, 1957); Seneca. Thyestes (New York, 1957); The Stoic Philosophy of Seneca (Garden City, NY, 1958); Latin Selections, with Thomas Suits (New York, 1961); The Plays of Seneca in Roman Drama (Indianapolis, 1965); H. Frankel, Early Greek Poetry and Philosophy, with James Willis (New York, 1975).

  • Notes:

    Moses Hadas, longtime professor at Columbia University, was one of the leading figures in American classical studies in the middle third of the 20th century. He was a remarkable teacher, honored with Columbia's Great Teacher Award in 1955 and the Student-to-Teacher Mark Van Doren Award in 1964. A student of Charles Knapp, he was a skilled translator from Greek, Latin, Hebrew, and German and produced editions of texts, but was perhaps best known and most influential in his works dealing with ancient literature and the spread of classical culture.

  • Sources:

    Review of Eli Ginzberg, Keeper of the Law: Louis Ginzberg, Commentary (Sept. 1966) 91-4; W. M. Calder III, DAB Suppl. 8:235-37; Hadas, Old Wine, New Bottles (New York, 1962); idem, “The Religion of Plutarch,” SAQ 46 (1947) 84-92; Gilbert Highet, “Moses Hadas 1900-1966,” CW 60 (1966-67) 92-93; NatCAB 52:288; NYTimes (18 Aug. 1966) 7; Newsweek (29 Aug. 1966) 65; Time (26 Aug. 1966) 57; WhAm 4:391; Robin W. Winks, Cloak and Gown: Scholars in the Secret War 1939-1961 (New York, 1987).

  • Author: Herbert W. Benario