Alden Smith is a scholar of Virgil and Augustan poetry. He enjoys reading both Greek and Latin with his students and holds office hours on Friday afternoons in the “Lounge of Destiny” in the Classics Department. There he gets to know his students better. He serves the Honors College as Associate Dean. He has published on Latin poetry and prose, and especially enjoys teaching Cicero’s Pro Caelio
and other speeches of that great orator.
He is thankful that he has had the opportunity to study under great educators such as Zinaida Sprowles, Philip Lockhart and Philip Ambrose. While his main publications are on the works of Ovid and Virgil, Smith has been known also to work on Greek poetry from time to time, as well as the interesting Swedish writer Axel Munthe.
Dr. Smith has recently collaborated on a book that treats broadly the history of classical learning (Classics from Papyrus to the Internet: An Introduction to Transmission and Reception, University of Texas Press, Austin: 2017, co-authored with Jeffrey M. Hunt and Fabio Stok). He is currently working on a commentary with Lee Fratantuono on the fourth book of the Aeneid for Brill.