Joel Christensen

Open House | Epos and Eris: Composition, Competition and the ‘Domestication’ of Strife, with Joel Christensen

We were pleased to welcome back Joel Christensen (University of Texas, San Antonio) for our Open House discussion, when we were talking about ‘Epos and Eris: Composition, Competition and the ‘Domestication’ of Strife’, which was originally given as a keynote talk at the 2015 Heartland Graduate Workshop in Ancient Studies. To prepare for the discussion, participants might like to read the paper, which is available at, here. The abstract introduces the… Read more

“Words of the ancients still ring true” at Sententiae Antiquae

After years of engaging with masterpieces of ancient Greek song culture, many of us would agree with Euripides’ claim that: “Many words of the ancients still ring true.” Certainly they are ringing loud and clear at Sententiae Antiquae, a blog started in 2011 and managed by several classicists, including our HeroesX/Hour 25 friend, Joel Christensen. With original translations, commentary, and humor, Sententiae Antiquae uses the latest technology to give modern readers access… Read more

Beyond Translation: Decoding Ancient Greek Dictionary Entries, with Joel Christensen

Would you like to learn more about ancient Greek words? Have you tried to look up a word in an ancient Greek dictionary, only to find that you weren’t sure how to decode the information that was there? These entries may look intimidating at first, but with a little guidance everyone can make the most of tools like the “Great Scott” (LSJ)—even readers who don’t know ancient Greek. Therefore, we… Read more

Video Tutorial: The Greek Alphabet, with Joel Christensen

We are pleased to share the following video tutorial featuring Professor Joel Christensen introducing the Greek alphabet. You may download a transcription of the session:  Introducing_the_Ancient_Greek_Alphabet_Joel_Christensen (PDF) You can find further tutorials and resources on the Greek Learning Modules page. Video Tutorial: The Greek Alphabet, with Joel Christensen Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Read more

Open House | The Odyssey and Breaking Bad, with Joel Christensen

Joel Christensen on the Odyssey, Breaking Bad, and Problematic Endings Professor Joel Christensen (University of Texas, San Antonio) joined us to discuss the ways that Breaking Bad can help us rethink our reading of Odysseus and the violent ending of the Odyssey. He was joined in this video dialogue by several members of the community. Together they raise and discuss provocative questions such as: How do Odysseus and Walter White… Read more