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Steven D. Smith

Professor of Comparative Literature, Languages, and Linguistics


Degrees

PHD, 2004, Boston Univ; BA, 1996, Hobart/William Smith Coll


Bio

I am a Classicist by training, with special interests in Greek literature of the Roman Imperial period, especially the ancient novel (1st-4thcenturies CE); animals in the Greco-Roman imagination; sex and gender in antiquity; and early Byzantine culture. At Hofstra, I teach Greek and Latin at all levels and ancient literature in English translation. I also serve as the Director of Hofstra's interdisciplinary program in LGBTQ+ Studies, and I regularly teach LGBT 001 Intro to LGBTQ+ Studies. I live in the Hudson Valley of New York with my husband and our two dogs.

Select Publications

Greek Epigram and Byzantine Culture: Gender, Desire, and Denial in the Age of Justinian (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Man and Animal in Severan Rome: The Literary Imagination of Claudius Aelianus (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Greek Identity and the Athenian Past in Chariton: The Romance of Empire (Barkhuis & Groningen University Library, 2007).


Teaching Interests

Greek & Latin literature and languages

Research Interests

Greek prose of the Roman Imperial period, especially the novel and early Byzantine epigram

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
CLL 194 DANGEROUS IDEAS Undergraduate
GRK 001 ELEMENTARY ANCIENT GREEK Undergraduate
GRK 002 ELEMENTARY ANCIENT GREEK Undergraduate
GRK 003 SURVEY OF GREEK PROSE STYLE Undergraduate
GRK 122 (LT) TRAGEDY Undergraduate
GRK 124 (LT) HISTORIOGRAPHY Undergraduate
GRK 125 (LT) ORATORY Undergraduate
HUHC 013 (LT) C & E FALL HUMANITIES Undergraduate
LAT 002 ELEMENTARY LATIN 2 Undergraduate
LAT 004 (LT) LATIN POETRY Undergraduate
LAT 121 (LT) ROMAN DRAMA Undergraduate
PHI 051D PHIL EXPL: DANGEROUS IDEAS Undergraduate
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