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MOORE, Clifford Herschel

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  • Date of Birth: March 11, 1866
  • Born City: Sudbury
  • Born State/Country: MA
  • Parents: John Herschel & Julie Ann McCullough M..
  • Date of Death: August 31, 1931
  • Death City: Cambridge
  • Death State/Country: MA
  • Married: Lorena Ledbetter, 23 July 1890.
  • Education:

    A.B. Harvard, 1889; Ph.D. Munich, 1897; Litt.D. Colorado Coll., 1914.

  • Dissertation:

    "Julius Firmicus Maternus, der Heide und der Christ" (Munich, 1897)

  • Professional Experience:

    Class, mstr. Belmont School for Boys (CA), 1889-92; prof. Gk. Phillips Acad. (Andover, MA), 1892-4; instr. to asst. prof. Lat. U. Chicago, 1894-8; asst. prof. Gk. & Lat. Harvard, 1898-1905; prof. Lat., 1905-25; Pope prof. Lat., 1925-31; Ingersoll lctr., 1917-8; actng. dean grad. sch. Arts & Sci., 1918-9; chair univ. comm. on instruction; dean fac. Arts & Sci., 1925-31; prof. Lat. ASCSR, 1905-6; trustee Phillips Acad., 1902-31; fell. AAAS; pres. CANE, 1910-1; lctr. Lowell Inst. (Boston), 1914; pres. APA, 1919-20.

  • Publications:

    The Medea of Euripides, ed. F. DeF. Allen, rev. Moore (Boston, 1900); "Oriental Cults in Britain," HSCP 11 (1900) 47-60; "Notes on the Tragic Hypotheses," HSCP 12 (1901) 287-98; Horace. The Odes, Epodes and Carmen Saeculare (New York, 1902); A First Latin Book (New York, 1903); "The Oxyrhynchus Epitome of Livy in relation to Obsequens and Cassiodorus," AJP 25 (1906) 241-55; The Elements of Latin, with John J. Schlichter (New York, 1906); "On the Origin of the Taurobolium," HSCP 17 (1906) 43-8; "The Distribution of Oriental Cults in the Gauls and the Germanies," TAPA 38 (1907) 109-50; "Latin Inscriptions in the Harvard Collection of Classical Antiquities," HSCP 20 (1909) 1-14; "The Epicedia of Statius," Anniversary Papers by Colleagues and Pupils of George Lyman Kittredge (Cambridge, 1913) 127-37; "The Ethical Value of Oriental Religions under the Roman Empire," Harvard Theol. Rev. 8 (1915) 166-81; "Τύχη Προλογίζουσα and the Identification of the Speaker of the Prologue," CP 11 (1916) 1-10; "The Decay of Nationalism under the Roman Empire," TAPA 48 (1917) 27-36; "The Pagan Reaction in the Late Fourth Century," TAPA 50 (1919) 122-34; "Prophecy in the Ancient Epic," HSCP 32 (1921) 99-175; "Latin Exercises from a Greek Schoolroom," CP 19 (1924) 317-28; Cornelius Tacitus. The Histories (trans.), LCL, 2 vols. (New York & London, 1925-1937); Ancient Beliefs in the Immortality of the Soul (New York & London, 1931).

  • Notes:

    Moore's interest in Roman religion began with his dissertation, in which he proved that the same author wrote "De Errore profanarum religionum" and the "Mathesis," a conclusion not challenged since. He informed his scholarship with deep and broad knowledge of Latin grammar, epigraphy, philosophy, and literature, perhaps best summarized in his Lowell Institute Lectures, Religious Thought of the Greeks, in which he treats the responsibilities and obligations of men to gods in Greek eyes. He began a tradition of interest in ancient religion at Harvard that continued with Arthur Darby Nock.His greatest abilities may have been as an administrator. His skill at organizing the Student's Army Training Corps during World War I led to his deanships, in which he extended the tutorial system, devised the general house plan, reorganized the elective system and extended the general examination for the B.A. to a wider number of departments. As his colleague C. B. Gulick wrote, "No man did more to improve the relations between secondary schools and the college, and none had greater influence in shaping the new policies of Harvard from 1918 until his death."

  • Sources:

    C/ 27 (1931-2) 158; CP 26 (1931) 421; Charles B. Gulick, DAB 13:119; NatCAB 24:102; Foster William Russell, Mount Auburn Biographies, Mount Auburn Cemetery (Cambridge, 1953) 117; WhAm 1:859.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.