North American Scholar

MOSER, Arthur Hurst

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  • Date of Birth: 1904-05-27
  • Born City: Uniontown
  • Born State/Country: PA
  • Parents: Charles Smith & Adelaide Hurst M.
  • Date of Death: 1975-07-11
  • Death City: Knoxville
  • Death State/Country: TN
  • Married: Sarah Ridlehoover, 8 June 1929; Isabel Johnson, 2 Sept. 1944; Janet T. Patterson, 29 Aug. 1969.
  • Education:

    B.A. St. Stephens (now Bard) Coll., 1926; M.A. Cornell, 1927; Ph.D. NYU, 1931.

  • Dissertation:

    "Index Verborum Eutropianus" (NYU, 1931).

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. class. Vanderbilt, 1927-9; NYU, 1931-2; asso. prof, to prof, class. U. Tennessee, 1932-72; head dept. class., 1939-68; pres. So. Sect. CAMWS, 1942-7; pres. CAMWS, 1954-5.

  • Publications:

    Victor Hugo, Les travailleurs de la mer, ed. James Herbert Wilson, vocab. by Moser (Boston, 1930); "The Relative Importance of Historical Facts in Breviaria," TAPA 62 (1931) xxxviii; "Does 'Caballus' Mean 'Nag'?," TAPA 71 (1940) xlviii.

  • Notes:

    Arthur Moser was noted for his great linguistic ability and his widely ranging knowledge of the lore of antiquity. He taught himself Russian and began the program in Russian at the University of Tennessee which flourishes to this day. Along with his colleague Albert Rapp he developed and instituted highly successful courses in Greek and Latin etymology which are still being taught by his successors in the department. In the Greek etymology course he used a text which he had written himself. He was very interested in numismatics, specializing in Roman coins of the third century A.D. Always active in professional affairs, Moser was prominent in the Southern Humanities Council and the Tennessee Philological Association. His famous collection of license plates was sold after his death, the proceeds becoming the endowment of the Arthur H. Moser Memorial Scholarship in Classics.

  • Sources:

    WhAm 7:417.

    Image: The Morning Herald (Uniontown PA) 24 Dec 1936 p1

  • Author: Harry C. Rutledge