Classical Christian educators aren’t just interested in the old stuff for nostalgia sake or to hide from the crazy modern world (although it may be tempting at times), we hold on the great writers and thinkers going all the way back to the greeks and romans because generations because they have stood the test of time as they point to what is true, lasting, permanent. Not to mention great thinkers like Plutarch back in the first century wrote biographies retelling the great stories of Roman and Greece that became deeply embedded in the minds of so many great leaders from Beethoven to Harry Truman. We live in a world of the temporary, the disposable and the flippant and so many are desperate for depth. Join us for this episode where we are reminded again of why we believe the ancients have so much to offer to us frazzled moderns.
Alex Petkas grew up in Houston, Texas, USA. He studied at Trinity University, University of Pennsylvania, and Princeton University. In 2012 he co-founded a successful Ancient Greek language program for learning through speaking and discussion. He taught at Princeton, University of California San Diego, and California State University, Fresno.
His writing on ancient Greek and Roman culture has appeared in various peer reviewed academic journals and volumes. Subjects include Athenian Oratory, early Christian education, and his specialty, personal letters written by philosophers. He co-edited a volume on Hypatia of Alexandria with a colleague.
He is a founding editor and contributor to the journal Antigone.
Having left the tenure track behind, Alex now works in the industrial coatings industry, where he oversees technical services and marketing at a small chemical manufacturing company.