Chair / Professor
John Heath received his BA from Pomona College, his MA and PhD from Stanford University. In 1989 he was given an American Philological Association Excellence in Teaching Award. The Phi Beta Kappa Society gave him their northern California teaching award in 1993 for excellence in undergraduate education. In 1995 he received an Arnold L. and Lois S. Graves Award for his contributions to undergraduate teaching in the humanities, and he received the Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence at SCU in 2004. In 2006-7 he was given the Professor Joseph Bayma, S.J., Scholarship Award from the College of Arts and Sciences. He teaches all levels of Greek and Latin, as well as courses on classical literature in translation, Greek mythology, and Roman religion. He has published thirty articles on Latin and Greek literature, myth and culture and is the author of Actaeon, the Unmannerly Intruder (Peter Lang 1992), a case study in Greek and Latin myth making. He is the co-author, with Victor Davis Hanson, of Who Killed Homer? The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom (Free Press 1998), as well as Bonfire of the Humanities: Rescuing Classics from an Impoverished Age (ICS 2001) co-authored with Victor Davis Hanson and Bruce Thornton. His most recent book is The Talking Greeks: Speech, Animals, and the Other in Homer, Aeschylus, and Plato (Cambridge University Press 2005). He is currently completing a book that argues for the superiority of the Homeric gods over the deity of the Abrahamic traditions. Professor Heath lives in Santa Cruz with his wife Lisa and daughters Emma and Alexis.