Thomas R. Martin

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Thomas R. Martin
Born1947 (age 7677)
Education Princeton University (BA)
Harvard University (MA & PhD)
Occupation(s) Classicist, philologist

Thomas Runge Martin (born 1947) is an American classicist and philologist who specializes in the history of the Greco-Roman world. He is the Jeremiah W. O'Connor Jr. Chair in the Department of Classics at the College of the Holy Cross, where he teaches courses on the Athenian democracy, hellenism, and the Roman Empire.



Martin earned his B.A. with a major in classics, summa cum laude , from Princeton University in 1970. He later received his M.A. in 1972 followed by a Ph.D. in 1978 with a specialization in classical philology from Harvard University, all while conducting graduate work at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens between 1973 and 1975.


His research field covers the history of ancient Greece and Rome and numismatics. He is author and co-author of several publications and articles, among which include Sovereignty and Coinage in Classical Greece (Princeton University Press, 1985), Ancient Greece: From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times (Yale University Press, 1992), The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2 vol., 2001) and Herodotus and Sima Qian: The First Great Historians of Greece and China (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2009), all reissued. “Ancient Rome: From Romulus to Justinian” (Yale University Press) was published in 2012. He has contributed to the documentaries produced by The History Channel about Roman history, especially to the series Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire.

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