Santa Clara University

Department of Classics

Helen Moritz

Associate Professor, Emerita

Helen E. Moritz received a Bachelor of Arts in Latin from Rosary College (now Dominican University), and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Classical Languages and Literatures from The University of Chicago. She has taught all levels of classical Greek language and literature, courses in Latin literature, classical literature in translation courses including classical tragedy and classical comedy, and courses in women in ancient Greece and ancient Rome. She has published on Greek tragedy, comedy, and epic poetry, and on comparative drama.

Since coming to Santa Clara University in 1977 Dr. Moritz has served as Chair of the Classics Department (1978­-1994, 1997-­1998), Chair of the Modern Languages and Literatures Department (1990-­1995), Dean of Academic Support Services and original Director of the Drahmann Advising and Learning Resources Center (1999-­2002), Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (2002-­2005), and as Interim Chair of the English Department (2010­-2011).

Dr. Moritz also served as president of the California Classical Association/North and for ten years as editor of its journal Laetaberis. From 1990­2014 she was a member of the Executive Board of the Comparative Drama Conference and of the Editorial Board of its series Text and Presentation. In 1995 she won both an award for Teaching Excellence from the American Philological Association and (with Dr. William Greenwalt and Dr. William Prior) a Brutocao Award for Excellence in Curricular Innovation from Santa Clara University. In the year 2000 she was the University’s Faculty Senate Professor.

Dr. Moritz taught Classical Tragedy as her final course in fall of 2014 and is now retired. She and her husband David Caldwell divide their time between their homes in Santa Clara and Pebble Beach, California.

Curriculum Vitae

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