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Department of Classics

Fourth Floor, Fenwick Hall 
Fax: 508-793-3882
Chair: D. Neel Smith


Leading Research in Classics

Faculty and students are at the front lines of 21st century research on ancient texts and culture. At a time when access to high-resolution, open-source images of ancient manuscript has increased, the department has received national and international attention for work on digital editions of Greek and Latin texts. In 2012 students formed a unique club dedicated to research on manuscripts and other documents. Neel Smith, associate professor of classics, has talked to national media about this digital research.

Accomplished Faculty Members 

Holy Cross classics faculty members are active and influential scholars. Since 2010, our faculty have published 11 books, including scholarship on Homer, Vergil, Tacitus, Pericles, and Alexander the Great, as well as textbooks on Greek and Roman history and the Greek historians Herodotus and Thucydides, along with numerous articles on a wide range of subjects in Greek and Roman antiquity.

Students Present at Conferences Worldwide

From left, Professor Neel Smith, Brian Clark '15, Melody Wauke '17, Claude Hanley '18, and Stephanie Lindeborg '13 present their research on the Venetus A manuscript of the "Iliad" at the International Digital Humanities conference in Krakow, Poland in July 2016.

Under the mentorship of departmental faculty, classics majors regularly present their research at conferences and by invitation at other universities, both in the United States and abroad. Recently, students have presented their research at: 

  • Digital Humanities Conference in Krakow, Poland 
  • A conference on Digital Classics held at the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Heidelberg, Germany
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Advanced Institute at Tufts University
  • Undergraduate research symposium at Boston University 
  • The Bucknell University Undergraduate Digital Scholarship Conference
  • Seminar at the Center for Digital Technology at Leipzig University in Germany 
  • Digital Access to Textual Cultural Heritage conference in Madrid, Spain
  • International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Mich.  
  • Posters on the Hill event on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC
  • Sunoikisis Undergraduate Research Symposium at Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies
  • Classical Association of New England Annual Meeting

Students Earn National Recognition

Classics majors have a strong track record for winning awards from regional and national scholarly organizations. Recently, students have won: 

  • the Classical Association of New England’s Phyllis B. Katz Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Research in 2013
  • the national Eta Sigma Phi advanced Latin translation contest in 2013 
  • Eta Sigma Phi’s H.R. Butts 2014 Award for Fieldwork in Classical Archaeology 



Computer Lab 

The department has its own research laboratory in Fenwick Hall, the St. Isidore of Seville Computer Lab, outfitted with networked computers and additional research resources. 


The classics corridor in Fenwick Hall also houses the Rev. William Fitzgerald, S.J., Library, a place for individual reading and collaborative student research.