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Christopher B. Krebs

Christopher B. Krebs

Associate Professor of Classics and, by courtesy, of German Studies
Co-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”). He is the editor of Histos and the recipient of the 2012 Christian Gauss Award. In 2015-16 he will be a fellow at Stanford Humanities Center.

He works in the fields of intellectual history, Greek and Roman historiography, and Latin philology and currently on a commentary on Caesar’s Bellum Gallicum 7 (a "Green and Yellow" for Cambridge University Press) as well as History of Ideas of the Roman Republic (W.W. Norton). His co-edited Cambridge Companion to Caesar should appear in the fall of 2016 with his contributions on “Caesar. A Style of Choice,” “More than Words. The Commentarii in their Propagandistic Context,” and "Quaestiones Caesarianae: Then, Now, Hence." Other (most recent and forthcoming) work  includes "Caesar's Sisenna" (Classical Quarterly),  “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 and Signposting in the Gallic War" (Histos), and "rebello" (Thesaurus Linguae Latinae). He has appeared on television and radio and occasionally reviews for the WSJ.

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. He regularly offers classes in Stanford’s Continuing Studies program, most recently Latin Lovers: A Survey of the Great Roman Love Poems and Thucydides and the Peloponnesian War: An Introduction to the Historian, Realist, Philosopher.


(10/2015) The Third Histos Supplement has just appeared: Felix Jacoby, On the Development of Greek Historiography and the Plan for a New Collection of the Fragments of the Greek Historians. Translated by Mortimer Chambers and Stefan Schorn (2015).



September 2015
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...