Stephen Smith

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Classical & Near Eastern Studies .
256 Nicholson Hall

216 Pillsbury Dr SE


I am Director of Classical Language Instruction for CNES, which means I teach beginning and intermediate Latin and Greekp;as well as coordinate other sections of those courses and supervise the graduate instructors. I also work with Latin and Greek teachers (and others) around Minnesota and Wisconsin through College in the Schools to promote the study of Latin and Greek.

My scholarly interests lie mostly in Augustan Latin authors, including Vergil (the subject of my dissertation and ongoing research), Livy, and Tibullus. I am also interested in Latin and Greek pedagogy.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Classics, University of Virginia, 1996.
  • M.A.: Classics, University of Virginia, 1991.
  • B.S.: Mathematics, Virginia Tech, 1986.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Latin and Greek pedagogy
  • Augustan Latin literature
  • Greek and Latin historiography
Courses Taught
  • Beginning Latin
  • Intensive Latin
  • Intermediate Latin Prose
  • Intermediate Latin Poetry
  • Advanced Latin (Livy)
  • Beginning Classical Greek
  • Intermediate Greek Prose
  • Intermediate Greek Poetry
  • Advanced Greek (Plato's Republic)
  • Advanced Greek (Herodotus)
  • Greek Prose Composition
  • World of Greece
  • World of Rome
  • Greek and Roman Mythology
  • Classical Epic in Translation
  • Ancient Rome: The Age of Augustus
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • CLA Committee on Second Language Education: 2002 - present
  • College in the Schools, Faculty Coordinator for Latin and Greek: 2003 - present
  • President, Classical Association of Minnesota: 2005 - 2007
  • State Vice President, Classical Association of the Middle West and South: 2003 - 2005
  • Antiquam exquirite matrem: Apollo, Ceres, and the Trojans’ Search for a New Home.” In L. Athanassaki, C. Nappa, and A. Vergados, eds., Gods and Mortals in Greek and Roman Poetry: Studies in Honor of Jenny Strauss Clay (University of Crete Press 2018), 301-21.
  • “Brutus as an Earthborn Founder of Rome (Livy 1.56).”Mnemosyne 60 (2007) 285-93.
  • “Remembering the Enemy: Narrative, Focalization, and Vergil’s Portrait of Achilles.”Transactions of the American Philological Association 129 (1999) 225-62.
  • CLA Work Group Outstanding Service Award, 2003 - 2004
  • Council of Graduate Students Outstanding Faculty Award, 2012 - 2013