Peter Krentz Chair and W. R. Grey Professor of Classics | Professor of History
- Ph.D., M.A., B.A. Yale University
As I think back, I can see pretty clearly that my love of classics and ancient history started with and has been regularly reinforced by travel in the Mediterranean world. When I was ten years old, my family climbed into a VW minibus for a two-month trip starting in Germany. We drove across the Alps and down Italy, took a ferry to Greece, drove from Greece to Turkey, getting as far south as Miletus before returning to Germany, where my father was spending a sabbatical in Tübingen. I was hooked.
Since then I’ve excavated for three seasons at Caesarea Maritima, Israel, participated in a summer session at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, lived in Greece for two years, taught several wonderful semesters on a traveling program that included Egypt and Turkey in addition to Greece and Italy, and taught a summer for Semester at Sea circumnavigating the Mediterranean. Not surprisingly, I want to get every Davidson classics major abroad!
My dissertation focused on the Athenian oligarchy of the Thirty in 404/3 BCE. I’ve also written two volumes of an Aris & Phillips text of Xenophon’s "Hellenika," with a Greek text, a translation, and a commentary. Since then I've written mostly about military history, including "The Battle of Marathon" (New Haven: Yale UP, 2010).
I enjoy getting to know students and colleagues while singing in the Choral Arts Society of Davidson and playing volleyball.
- CLA 111 The Ancient World
- CLA 233 Justice in a Pure Democracy: Searching for Equal Rights in Ancient Athens
- CLA 246 Ethics in Archaeology and Art
- CLA 252 Classics in the Cinema
- CLA 332 Greeks and Persians
- CLA 480 Senior Research Seminar
- GRE 218 New Testament Greek
- WRI 101 Who Killed Jesus?