Christopher Blackwell

Christopher Blackwell

The Louis G. Forgione University Professor of Classics

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Christopher Blackwell grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, attending Stone School, League Middle School, and Greenville Sr. High School. He earned a B.A. in Classics, summa cum laude, from Marlboro College in Vermont, and a Ph.D. in Classics from Duke University. He has written books on ancient Greek history, classical Athenian democracy, and Alexander the Great. With his collaborator Neel Smith he is the developer of the CITE Architecture and Canonical Text Services, technologies for building scholarly digital libraries. With Neel Smith he is Project Architect of the Homer Multitext, a project of the Center for Hellenic Studies of Harvard University, Casey Dué and Mary Ebbott, edd.


  • Alester G. Furman, Jr. and Janie Earle Furman Award for Meritorious Teaching (Furman University)
  • 2008 Hall of Fame Award for Innovation in Education (The InnoVision Technology Awards, to promote technological innovation in Upstate South Carolina)
  • Silas Pearman Honorary Engaged Learning Award (Furman University)


  • Ph.D., Duke University
  • B.A., Marlboro College

Teaching Philosophy
I try to treat my students with respect. Working to learn new things, under criticism, in the presence of others takes courage. Coming to my class, at great expense, and trusting me to deliver something useful is an act of trust. I am grateful for the trust, and I honor the day-to-day courage.