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Aaron M. Seider


Associate Professor

Ph.D.,  University of Chicago

Fields: Latin literature; constructions of memory in Roman culture; gender in the ancient world and its modern reception
Office Phone: 508-793-3976
Office: Fenwick 423
PO BOX: PO Box 117A
Office Hours
Spring 2016 Office Hours: Monday, 12:30-1:30; Thursday, 11:00-12:00; and by appointment


Spring 2016: CLAS 175: Ancient Manhood Contested

                                        LATN 358: Vergil: Aeneid


A member of the Holy Cross Classics Department since 2010, I am delighted to be part of a community where I can explore antiquity with students and colleagues interested in the world of the Greeks and Romans. I enjoy teaching all sorts of courses in Classics, ranging from language classes in Latin and Greek to courses in translation on the masterpieces of Roman literature; ancient ideas about masculinity; or any one of a number of other topics. I'm slated next academic year to teach in Montserrat for the first time, as a part of Core Human Questions.

Born in Massachusetts and raised in Maine and Florida, I started college at Brown University intending to be an English major and took Latin 101 in the hope that it would help me improve my understanding of later literature. Little did I know, the course would spark a life-long engagement with the ancient world. This interest, which began with introductory and intermediate Latin, led to a semester abroad in Rome at the Centro and, upon return to Providence, RI, the study of Greek. Wanting to improve my understanding of the languages before graduate school, I studied Greek and Latin for two years at the UPenn Classics Post-Bac Program. After this, I attended graduate school at the University of Chicago. I spent several years in the Windy City happily investigating all sorts of questions about antiquity, and I was fortunate enough during this time to consider some of these questions on-site during a summer at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.

Now in my sixth-year of teaching at Holy Cross, I continue to enjoy learning more about the Classics in my teaching, research, and, most importantly, conversations with students and colleagues. I live in Westborough, MA, with my wife (Erin), two children (Noah and Lailah), and dog (Angus). Three of us can be seen below at a recent visit to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

For more details on my education, teaching, research, and service, please see my CV.

Count Polyphemus' eyes!


I teach a variety of courses in Classics, including both language courses and courses in translation, as well as courses in Montserrat. Also, in colloboration with Professor Thomas Martin, I'll be leading a 2016 Maymester course, "Rome in History and Imagination." While it's difficult to predict exactly what courses will be offered in the coming year, I typically teach a mix of language and translation courses and hope to continue co-teaching the Maymester course in the future. Here's a list of courses up through summer 2016, some of which have more information available through a hyperlink:

  •  Classics Courses
  • Greek Courses
    • GREK 101: Introduction to Greek 1
    • GREK 102: Introduction to Greek 2
    • GREK 351: Attic Orators: Demosthenes
  • Latin Courses
    • LATN 101: Introduction to Latin 1
    • LATN 102: Introduction to Latin 2
    • LATN 213: Intermediate Latin 1
    • LATN 358: Vergil: Aeneid
    • LATN 359: Vergil: Eclogues and Georgics
    • LATN 399: Lucan
  • Maymester

Pictures related to a few courses ... 

Students in Vergil’s Eclogues and Georgics course created Podcasts about Vergil’s poetry. Students in the class are, clockwise from top right, Ciera Martinez ’15, Michael Lazar ’14, Chris Ryan ’16, Alex Simrell ’16, Nicholas Jalbert ’16, Brooke Tranten ’17, Kira Niederhoffer ’15 and Charlie Schufreider ’17. 

Photo from article by Nikolas Markantonatos, which has links to Podcasts.


Roman Forum - a site for our Maymester course


Colosseum - a site for our Maymester course


My research mainly focuses on Roman literature and culture, with a particular interest in how the Romans think about the past and future. Please find a list of publications below.