Jan R. Stenger

MacDowell Professor of Greek, University of Glasgow

After graduating from the Universität Tübingen, Jan R. Stenger received his doctorate in
Classics from the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel in 2003 as well as his habilitation
in 2008. He has taught Greek and Roman literature at the universities of Kiel, Berlin (Freie
Universität), and Glasgow, where he was appointed Professor of Greek in 2012. Stenger
has held visiting posts at the universities of Munich and Cologne and in 2015/16 he was a
EURIAS Senior Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. Since 2008, he has
been Principal Investigator at the Cluster of Excellence Topoi, Berlin. Stenger’s main fields
of research are Greek lyric poetry, ancient epistolography, and literature and culture of Late
Antiquity; he is particularly interested in the relationship between ancient Christianity and
classical culture, with a focus on educational thinking from the fourth to sixth centuries CE.

Stenger’s publications include the monographs Poetische Argumentation: Die Funktion der
Gnomik in den Epinikien des Bakchylides
(2004) and Hellenische Identität in der Spätantike:
Pagane Autoren und ihr Unbehagen an der eigenen Zeit
(2009), as well as edited volumes on
the literary modelling of cityscapes and the concept of literature in late antiquity. His most
recent publications are ‘Where to Find Christian Philosophy? Spatiality in John Chrysostom’s
Counter to Greek Paideia’ (Journal of Early Christian Studies 24, 2016) and ‘What Does It
Mean to Call the Monasteries of Gaza a “School”?’ (Vigiliae Christianae 71, 2017). He is also
Editor-in-Chief of the journal Philologus.

During his stay at SCAS, Stenger will continue working on a monograph on educational thinking
in the late Roman Empire from c.300 to 600 CE (funded by the Leverhulme Trust).

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2017-18.