Who’s Who in the Humanities

Thomas Martin, Ph.D Jeremiah W. O'Connor Professor of Classics

Thomas Martin, Ph.D., says, "Keep your books!" The Jeremiah W. O’Connor Professor and chair of classics, is so sure of the lasting value of his field that he urges his students to hang onto their copies of Homer, Plutarch, Tacitus, and Virgil. "They will continue to need these authors as they reconsider their place in the world and what lies beyond themselves," he notes. “The ancients’ lives and expectations were so different from ours, yet their emotional and spiritual concerns reach across time.” Martin points out how the top-flight Holy Cross classics program enables students to do original archaeological and documentary research and make genuine contributions to the field. Beyond the Hill, Martin shares his enthusiasm for ancient history as a consultant for the History Channel and other TV productions.