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Alden Smith

Professor of Classics,
Associate Dean of the Honors College,
Director of the University Scholars Program

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  • Ph.D., Classics, University of Pennsylvania, 1990
  • M.A., Classics, University of Vermont, 1983
  • B.A. Greek, Latin, Dickinson College, 1981


  • Virgil and Ovid, Hellenistic and Roman art, cultural presence of Rome from the Renaissance to the present

Research Interests

Alden Smith is a Baylor Fellow who has taught at Baylor since 1994. He has won several teaching awards and he has been the director of the Honors Program and was chair of the Classics Department for many years, and continues to divide his time between the Classics Department and the Honors College where he serves as an Associate Dean and Director of the Scholars Program. He has published on Latin poetry and has also been known greatly to enjoy teaching Cicero's Pro Caelio. He is currently the associate editor of The Classical Journal. He is thankful that he had the opportunity to study under great educators such as Zinaida Sprowles, Phil Lockhart and Philip Ambrose.

Alden Smith's main research interest is Latin poetry. While his main publications are on the works of Ovid and Virgil (most recently with Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), Smith has been known also to work on Greek poetry from time to time, as well as the interesting Swedish writer Axel Munthe.

Selected Publications

Books and Edited Volumes

  • Virgil (Blackwell Introductions, Wiley-Blackwell, London, January 2011)
  • The Great Archimedes by Mario Geymonat, editor and translator (Baylor University Press, December 2010)
  • The Primacy of Vision in Virgil's Aeneid (University of Texas Press, 2005)
  • Poetic Allusion and Poetic Embrace in Ovid and Virgil (University of Michigan Press, 1997)
  • Classics: A Discipline and Profession in Crisis? (University Press of America, 1990)technical editor, with Lowell Edmunds and Phyllis Culham

Articles, Book Chapters, etc.

  • "Fantasy, Myth, and Love Letters: Text and Tale in Ovid's Heroides," in Oxford Readings in Ovid, ed. Peter Knox (Oxford, 2007) 217–37: [new issue of Arethusa 1994]
  • "In vino civitas: The Rehabilitation of Bacchus in Virgil's Georgics," Vergilius 53 (2007) 53–87
  • "Books in Search of a Library: Ovid's Response to Augustan Libertas," Vergilius 52 (2006) 45–54
  • "Dido as Vatic Diva: A New Voice for the Persona of the Lost Lover," Classical Journal 98 (2003) 433–36
  • "Mors nobis tempus iners: Ovid, Ex Ponto 1.5 and the Dead Poets' Society," Collection Latomus: Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History 254 (2000) 247–59
  • "Pindar's Olympian 14: A Literal and Literary Homecoming," Hermes 127 (1999) 257–62
  • "Inside Looking Out: Representation of Vision in Two Pompeian Frescoes," Proceedings of the XVth International Congress of Classical Archaeology, Amsterdam 1998, ed. Roald F. Docter and Eric M. Moorman Allard Pierson Series XII (Amsterdam: Allard Pierson Museum, 1999) 384–86, pl. 34a-b
  • "Computing and the Classics: An Update: Introduction" (co-authored with John Thorburn), Classical World 91 (1998)
  • "Books for Teaching Classics in English 1995: Full Survey," Classical World 88.4 (1995) 259–358
  • "Fantasy, Myth, and Love Letters: Text and Tale in Ovid‘s Heroides," Arethusa 27 (1994) 247–73
  • "Horace, Odes 1.6: Mutatis Mutandis, a Most Virgilian Recusatio," Gymnasium 101 (1994) 502–05
  • "Epic Recall and the Finale of Ovid's Metamorphoses," Museum Helveticum 51 (1994) 45–53
  • "A Lock and a Promise: Myth and Allusion in Aeneas' Farewell to Dido in Aen. 6," Phoenix 47 (1993) 305–12
  • "Ov. Met. 10.475: An Instance of Meta-allusion," Gymnasium 97 (1990) 458–60
  • "An Ellipse in the Thasian Decree about Delation (ML 83)?" (co-authored with A. J. Graham) American Journal of Philology 110 (1989) 405–12

Selected Awards

  • Baylor University, Master Teacher, 2004
  • APA Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2003
  • Baylor University, Outstanding Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, 2002
  • Honors Program, Professor of the Year, 2000