Joshua Smith

Assistant Professor of Classics
Director of Undergraduate Studies

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Curriculum Vitae


Joshua Smith is a Hellenist whose primary research focus is ancient scholarship and reading practices, intellectual traditions, and the history of literary criticism. He also has secondary interests in Greek and Latin lyric poetry.

Prof. Smith’s publications include an article on the poetic tradition of shield abandonment (rhipsaspia) in the work of Archilochus, Alcaeus, Anacreon, and Horace (American Journal of Philology 136.2). He has also co-authored with James C. McKeown a textbook on Greek and Latin medical terminology, The Hippocrates Code (Hackett, 2016). His current large-scale project is a book-length study on the concerns and methodologies exhibited in ancient literary commentaries. Smaller projects include an examination of how scholars from antiquity responded to mythical variation in literature, and an exploration of Homer’s influence on the exegetical practices of ancient commentators to Greek tragedy.

Prof. Smith received his PhD at the University of Wisconsin in 2013 and subsequently taught at Wisconsin, the University of Chicago, and Cornell College before coming to Hopkins in July 2015.

Professor Smith teaches mainly within the field of Greek language and culture, including, for example, undergraduate survey courses such as, “Ancient Greek Civilization: Society, Archaeology, Literature, Philosophy,” and language courses such as Elementary Latin and Advanced Greek (e.g., “The Attic Orators”). He is also interested in ancient medicine and has taught courses on medical terminology and the sociology of death and dying in antiquity, the latter a collaboration with colleagues from other disciplines as part of the Medicine, Science, and the Humanities major. At the graduate level, he leads seminars related to ancient literary criticism and scholarship and also contributes to various upper-level language offerings.