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Professor Ben DeSmidt’s interests in classics center on the Latin language and literature, and more broadly on the influence of ancient legal thought on the origins of the novel. Professor D. Ben DeSmidt holds a B.A. in Classics from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Classics from Columbia University. He has published on Homer’s Odyssey and is working now on a book-length study examining the influence of legal rhetoric on the development of the novel in the first century CE. In summer 2013 Professor DeSmidt attended two Sunoikisis faculty development seminars at the Center for Hellenic Studies (Harvard University) in Washington, D.C.
He earned his B.A. from the University of Chicago, and his M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He joined the Carthage faculty in 2005.
Professor Ben DeSmidt teaches courses on the ancient novel and ancient Egypt. His interests in classics center on the Latin language and literature, and more broadly on the influence of ancient legal thought on the origins of the novel.
Chair, Classics Department; Director, Great Ideas Program; Associate Professor of Classics and Great Ideas
- Ph.D., M. Phil., M.A. — Columbia University
- B.A. — University of Chicago
- CLS 200T Topics in Classics: The Ancient Novel
- CLS 3260 Ancient Egypt
- GFW 4000 Capstone Seminar in Great Ideas