Interview | Teaching and learning Greek, with Joel Christensen

We are pleased to share this video interview with Joel Christensen, of Brandeis University, in which he talks about his experiences in teaching ancient Greek and Classics.

You can watch the video in the frame below, or on the Center for Hellenic Studies YouTube channel.

Joel Christensen

Joel Christensen is Professor of Classical Studies at Brandeis University. He taught previously at the University of Texas at San Antonio (2007-2016). He received his BA and MA from Brandeis (’01) in Classics and English and his PhD in Classics from New York University (2007) where he also received an Advanced Certificate in Poetics and Theory. Professor Christensen has been a Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies (2013) and has received the Society for Classical Studies’ Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Collegiate Level (2013). In addition to articles on language, myth and literature in the Homeric epics, he has published a Beginner’s Guide to Homer (One World, 2013) and also Homer’s Thebes (CHS, 2019) with Elton T. E. Barker as well as A Commentary on the Homeric Battle of Frogs and Mice (Bloomsbury, 2018) with Erik Robinson. In 2020, Cornell University Press published The Many-Minded Man: the Odyssey, Psychology, and the Therapy of Epic. He is currently working on an edited commentary on the Odyssey and new projects on narrative and myth in epic. He spends his ‘off’ hours posting material to the ancient Greek and Roman-oriented website and tweeting about it (@sentantiq).

He is the host for the Center for Hellenic Studies Reading Greek Tragedy Online series.

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