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Christopher B. Krebs

Christopher B. Krebs

Associate Professor of Classics and, by courtesy, of German Studies
Editor, Histos

Christopher B. Krebs studied classics and philosophy in Berlin, Kiel (1st Staatsexamen 2000, Ph. D. 2003), and Oxford (M. St. 2002). He taught at University College Oxford and Harvard before joining Stanford’s Classics department, and held visiting positions at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae in Munich (see his “You say putator”). The (co-)author of four books and some 60 articles, entries, and reviews, he was the editor of Histos from 2015-17 and the recipient of the 2012 Christian Gauss Award

He works in the fields of intellectual history, Greek and Roman historiography, and Latin philology and currently on commentaries on Caesar’s Bellum Gallicum 7 (a "Green and Yellow" for Cambridge University Press) and the AP Selection of Caesar as well as an intellectual biography of Caesar in the context of the intellectual life of the Roman Republic (W.W. Norton), with the Cambridge Companion to Sallust next in line. Other (most recent and forthcoming) work  includes “The buried tradition of programmatic titulature among republican historians: Polybius’ Πραγματεία, Asellio’s Res Gestae, and Sisenna’s redefinition of Historiae" (American Journal of Philology), "Thucydides in Gaul" (Histos), "rebello" (Thesaurus Linguae Latinae), "The World's Measure. Caesar's Geographies of Gallia and Britannia in their contexts and as evidence of his world map" (American Journal of Philology), and "Greetings Cicero! Caesar and Plato on Writing and Memory" (Classical Quarterly). He has appeared on television and radio and occasionally reviews for the WSJ and the LRB (most recently, "The Classics Can Console," and "What would Plato have done").

He has co-organized and co-teaches the summer program Caesar in Gaul for the Paideia Institute and has taught Greek and Latin at all levels, composition courses, seminars on Greek and Roman historiography and Latin poetry, and a freshman seminar on rhetoric. In the fall, he teaches a course on "Great Books, Big Ideas from Antiquity" as part of the new Humanities Core (which was reviewed by The Stanford Review), and in the winter a Freshman Seminar on Ancient Rhetoric, its Contemporary Application, and the Art of Speaking Well ("Eloquence Personified"). He regularly offers classes in Stanford’s Continuing Studies program, such as Thucydides and the Peloponnesian War: An Introduction to the Historian, Realist, Philosopher and Rebel with a Cause: Catiline and the Roman Revolution, and co-teaches a course on Ancient Rome and its Legacies at Stanford Summer Humanities Institute (covered in the Stanford News).  In 2016 he started the Historiography Jam.

 

Publications

January 2018
Well-known as a brilliant general and politician, Caesar also played a fundamental role in the formation of the Latin literary language and history...
Christopher B. Krebs, Jonas Grethlein, eds
May 2012
Historians often refer to past events which took place prior to their narrative’s proper past– that is, they refer to a 'plupast'. This past embedded...
May 2011
The riveting story of the Germania and its incarnations and exploitations through the ages. The pope wanted it, Montesquieu used it, and the Nazis...
January 2005
In the five and a half centuries since its rediscovery Tacitus' Germania has exercised an influence out of all proportion to its length. The...