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Overview

  • Growing up in Mechanicsville, Virginia, I became an unexpected classicist: I loved languages and science, baseball and music, but when I took Latin in high school and ancient Greek in college (Mary Washington College), it was as if I was being reborn—twice. My parents had no idea what to do with me, but they supported their weird child and off I went to pursue my doctorate in classical philology ("philology" was once described to me as "reading texts excruciatingly carefully and slowly"). I feel deeply fortunate to have joined the UNH faculty in 2000 after receiving my PhD from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in the same year.

    I specialize in ancient mythography (the way the Greeks and Romans organized and interpreted their own mythical stories) and the philosopher-poet Seneca the Younger. In the profile below you can peruse my wide-ranging work. Currently, I am co-editing for Oxford University Press The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Mythography, as well as heading a digital humanities project, "Putting Greek Myth on the Map," a digital platform to visualize the relationship between mythical figures and real places on the ground. A teacher at heart—my motto is qui miscuit utile dulci ("one who combines fun with something useful")—I have taught all levels of Latin, Greek, and Classics courses, and am director and instructor of the January-term Study Abroad in Rome Program. For his sins in past lives I currently serve as president or chair in state and regional classics organizations, and as chair of the Faculty Senate. I am a proud speaker for New Hampshire Humanities.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2018 Myth and Mythography in Pliny’s Geography, Naturalis Historia 3–6Polymnia.  3:83-116. 2018
    2017 Mythographical and Literary Notes on the Catalogs of Argive and Theban Allies in Statius' ThebaidMnemosyne.  70:240-261. 2017
    2016 Between narrative and allusion: mythography in Pomponius Mela's ChorographyPolymnia.  2:87-119. 2016
    2015 Bundling Myth, Bungling Myth: The Flood Myth in Ancient and Modern Handbooks of MythArchiv fur Religionsgeschichte.  16:243-262. 2015
    2015 The Cosmic Viewpoint: A Study of Seneca's Natural Questions.Classical World.  108:577-578. 2015
    2011 Inhospitalis Taurus at Seneca Phaedra 168Mnemosyne.  64:100-103. 2011
    2008 'Hellas' in the 'Bibliotheke' of ApollodorusPhilologus.  152:90-96. 2008
    2007 Seneca political man and the era of Claudius and Nerone. Proceedings of the international conference (Capri 25th-27th March 1999).Classical Review.  57:417-420. 2007
    2007 Senecan bibliography of the 20th century.Classical Review.  57:417-420. 2007
    2006 Moral progress and the passions: Plutarch 'Moralia' 76A and 'Seneca' Ep. 75Hermes.  134:246-249. 2006
    2005 Apollodorus 1.9.7: Salmoneus' thunder-machinePhilologus.  149:351-354. 2005
    2004 Seneca: Thyestes. With materials for the translation and the life and work of Seneca.Classical Review.  54:570-571. 2004

    Book

    Year Title
    2019 Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Mythography.  Ed. Smith, Robert.  2019
    2016 Anthology of Classical Myth Primary Sources in Translation 2016
    2014 Ancient Rome An Anthology of Sources 2014
    2013 Writing Myth Mythography in the Ancient World 2013
    2007 Apollodorus' Library and Hyginus' Fabulae two handbooks of Greek mythology 2007

    Teaching Activities

  • Special Studies Taught course 2019
  • Building Rome Taught course 2018 - 2019
  • Building Rome Taught course 2018 - 2019
  • Expl/Ancient/Hieroglyphs Taught course 2018
  • Special Studies Taught course 2018
  • Special Studies Taught course 2018
  • The Power of Myth Taught course 2018
  • Classical Mythology Taught course 2018
  • Elementary Latin II Taught course 2018
  • Building Rome Taught course 2017 - 2018
  • Elementary Latin I Taught course 2017
  • Special Studies Taught course 2017
  • The Power of Myth Taught course 2017
  • Elementary Classical Greek II Taught course 2017
  • Readings in Latin Literature Taught course 2017
  • Special Studies Taught course 2017
  • Building Rome Taught course 2016 - 2017
  • Directed Reading Taught course 2016
  • Elementary Classical Greek I Taught course 2016
  • Intermediate Latin I Taught course 2016
  • Special Studies Taught course 2016
  • Elementary Latin II Taught course 2016
  • The Power of Myth Taught course 2016
  • Building Rome Taught course 2015 - 2016
  • Building Rome Taught course 2015 - 2016
  • Classical Mythology Taught course 2015
  • Elementary Latin I Taught course 2015
  • Classical Mythology Taught course 2015
  • The Power of Myth Taught course 2015
  • Building Rome Taught course 2014 - 2015
  • Building Rome Taught course 2014 - 2015
  • Ind Stdy/Greek Myth on the Map Taught course 2014
  • Rsrch Exp/Classics Taught course 2014
  • Rsrch Exp/English Taught course 2014
  • Building Rome Taught course 2013 - 2014
  • Education And Training

    Full Name

  • Robert Smith