Published Date

October 4, 1998

Resource Type

AHA Resource, For the Classroom


Ancient, Teaching Methods

AHA Topics

Teaching & Learning, Undergraduate Education



David Richard Smith

History Department, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona


David Lipscomb College, B.A., l964

Vanderbilt University, M.A., l966

University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D., l968 Classical Studies Major


9/1/70-present. History Department, California State Polytechnic University. Lecturer, 1970-71; Asst. Prof., 1971-75; Assoc. Prof., 1975-1980; Professor, 1980-present; Department Chair, 1981-87.

7/1/68-7/1/70. Classics Department, University of California, Riverside, Ass’t Prof.

Assoc. Editor, Helios, 1975-77.

Program Director, 1996 WHA Conference


“The Hieropoioi on Kos,” Numen 20 (1971) 38-47.

“Hieropoioi and Hierothytai on Rhodes,” “L’Antiquite’ Classique 41 (1972) 532-539.

“The Coan Festival of Zeus Polieus,” Classical Journal, Fall, 1973, 21-25.

“If I Were a Scholar: A Critical Look at G. S. Kirk’s Myth,” Helios n.s. 3, 1976, 93-98.

“The Poetic Focus in Horace, Odes 3.13,” Latomus 35, 1976, 822-826.

“Teaching the Religion of the Medieval Period,” World History Bulletin. 7.3 (Fall-Wtr 1990-91), 23-26

“Technology in the World History Survey,” Aspen World History Handbook, v 2 (1997)

“Teaching and Assessing the Doing World History Method,” Aspen World History Handbook, v2 (1997)


“The Modernity Theme in the World History Survey,” WHA conference, 1998

“Technology in the World History Survey,” Aspen Institute, 1996

Chair: “Black Athena” Panel, AHA Conference, Jan 1995

AHA Conference, Commentator Jan 1994

Rocky Mountain Regional WHA Conference, 1993 Workshop on Learning Through Discussion Method

WHA National Conference, 1993, Chair, “Black Athena” Panel

California Council for Social Studies Conference, 1993 “Great Themes of Ancient World History”

California Council for Social Studies Conference, 1992 “LTD Method for World History”

Ancient Civilizations Institute Series, “From Caveman to Constantine,” Program Committee

“China’s Geography,” 1991

“Roman Art and Sculpture,” (Getty Museum Field Trip/Lecture, 1992)

“Roman Economy and Technology,” 1992

“Minoan Civilization,” 1993

“Significance of Ancient Civilization,” 1993

“Alexander the Great,” 1993


History of Civilizations, all periods

Ancient Greece, Rome, Early Medieval Europe, High Middle Ages, Technology in World History, Greek and Latin Languages