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About Dr. Mark Smith


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(208) 459-5852
Strahorn Hall, 205


The Roman Empire, Ancient to Modern Christianity, Ancient Greece, Archaeology, Religious Studies, Ancient Languages, Classics, Medieval Europe, Renaissance/Reformation  

Personal Statement

Mark Smith began teaching at The College of Idaho in 1989. His scholarly interests include ancient/medieval Western civilization, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, medieval Europe, the reformation, history of Christianity, ancient Greek and Latin.

He also published a computer program in 1988 called Pharos, an application for searching and analyzing Greek literary texts in the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (now converted to Windows and distributed as Musaios).

Beyond the classroom: Dr. Smith is often to be found on the tennis court, on the basketball court (most every MWF at 11:30 since 1991), on the golf course, on the slopes at Bogus, waterskiing at Cascade, scuba diving in Hawaii, building homes, flying a Cessna over the Sawtooths, playing the drums, piano, or guitar, birding, hiking, or laying low at home with Debi, his wife of 38 years, and a C of I alumna. They have two children: Diana, a school counselor and Yoga instructor, and Zeus, a 75-pound golden retriever, who really does believe he rules the world from Mount Olympus.


Professional Experience

Dr. Smith is a member of the Board of Supervisors of the Bethsaida Excavations in Israel, and formerly served as the Academic Vice President of The College of Idaho for ten years.

Dr. Smith has led study tours in Israel, Greece, Hawaii, Turkey, and Italy



  • Ph. D., Ancient/Medieval/Reformation History, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M. A., Ancient/Medieval/Reformation History, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • MDiv., Church History, Denver Seminary
  • B.A., Religious Studies, Westmont College


  The Final Days of Jesus: The Thrill of Defeat, The Agony of Victory: A Classical Historian Explores Jesus’s Arrest, Trial, and Execution (Cambridge: Lutterworth, 2018)
  “Capital Punishment and Burial in the Roman Empire” (2013).  
  "Eusebius of Caesarea and the Fate of Bethsaida" and "Bethsaida in the Natural History of Pliny the Elder," in the Bethsaida Excavations Report, Vol. 3 (2005).
  "The Religious Coinage of Constantius I" Byzantion (2001)
  "Of Jesus and Quirinius" Catholic Biblical Quarterly (2000)
  "A Tale of Two Julias: Julia, Julias and Josephus," in the Bethsaida Excavations Report, Vol. 2 (1999).
  "The Religion of Constantius I" Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies (1998).