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Prof. Peter Krentz Receives Thomas Jefferson Award

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Prof. Peter Krentz Receives Thomas Jefferson Award
Professor Peter Krentz (third from left) became the fourth faculty member who came to Davidson in 1979 who has won the Thomas Jefferson Award. Vice President Emeritus T.C. Price Zimmermann (second from left) hired Krentz, Johnston Professor of Economics and Vice President for Academic Affairs Clark Ross (l) and Erwin Professor of Psychology Ruth Ault (r).

W.R. Grey Professor of Classics and History Peter Krentz received the Thomas Jefferson Award, which honors a faculty member who by personal influence, teaching, writing, and scholarship promotes the high ideals of Thomas Jefferson. The overriding outstanding quality is described as that of having given of self, "generously and well beyond the call of duty."

His citation honored him for "rare intelligence, a disarming candor, an admirable work ethic, a seemingly unshakeable integrity, and an uncommon commitment to the common good."

Krentz received his bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees from Yale University, and has taught Greek and Roman history at Davidson since 1979. He held the E. Craig Wall, Jr., Distinguished Teaching Professorship in the Humanities 1997-1999, and was Elizabeth A. Whitehead visiting professor at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in 2000-2001.

Krentz also served the college in 1998 as coordinator of the new first year writing program, directed the semester program in the Mediterranean region, and served as vice chair of the faculty pro tem.

His research interests focus on archaic and classical Greece, and he has written extensively about ancient Greek military history. He received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for research during his sabbatical year in 2007-2008 on the Battle of Marathon. That work led to publication in 2010 of a highly acclaimed book titled The Battle of Marathon.

He has previously written The Thirty at Athens about Athenian politics, and two volumes of translation and commentary covering Xenophon's Hellenika and Polyaenus's Strategems of War. He also wrote a chapter on land campaigns in the Cambridge History of Ancient Greek and Roman Warfare.