Professor Emeritus of Classics
Joined Connecticut College: 1983-2013
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
The classical roots of modern culture
Professor Richard Moorton retired from Connecticut College in 2013.
Professor Moorton taught courses in classical languages and literatures, Roman civilization, ancient mythology, and the evolution of Western culture. His work is unified by the conviction that ancient civilization has contributed to the modern world in manifold ways. For this reason he was asked by the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts to teach the core sophomore course, International Studies 201, "The Origins and Dynamics of Modern Global Society," in 1996.
Moorton has published original poetry and translations from Sappho. He has also published articles on Aristophanes, Vergil, and Eugene O'Neill that have appeared in a variety of journals. He has published book reviews in Classical World and The Classical Association of New England Journal and Newsletter, has served as the New England Editor for The Classical Journal, and is the editor of Eugene O'Neill's Century: Centennial Views of America's Foremost Tragic Dramatist, a collection of essays published by Greenwood Press in 1991.
Moorton directed the lecture series for Collaborations III, the Eugene O'Neill Centennial Celebration cosponsored by Connecticut College and the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in 1987-1988, for which Connecticut College received a $10,000 grant from the Connecticut Humanities Council. He was the director of Civic Virtue and the Future of Democracy, a $65,000 grant project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the co-director of Cosmos: Science and Religion Look at the Universe, a lecture series funded by grants from the Sir John Templeton Foundation and the Connecticut Humanities Council.