Director Emeritus of Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece, CHS, Harvard University Greece
Professor of Ancient Greek Literature, Democritus University of Thrace
Adjunct Professor of Classics, St Photius Orthodox Theological Seminary in Etna, CA
Ioannis (John) Petropoulos was educated at the University of Athens Law School, Harvard University (AB, Classics), and the University of Oxford (DPhil., Litterae Humaniores, Lincoln College). He taught ancient Greek literature at Oxford for several years before settling in Greece in 1990. Since then he has taught at the University of Crete, the Democritus University of Thrace, and the Hellenic Open University. He has also taught at universities in Brazil, China, the EU, the UK, and the US. He is a Professor of Ancient Greek Literature in the Dept of Greek Philology, Democritus University of Thrace, Adjunct Professor of Classics, St Photius Orthodox Theological Seminary in Etna, CA, and Director emeritus of the Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece (CHS Greece).
He has supervised a number of doctoral and post-doctoral theses affiliated with Greek, Brazilian, and Chinese universities, and is currently supervising a doctoral thesis (‘Liturgical and Biblical Greek: A Coursebook’) at the University of Redlands & San Francisco Theological Seminary.
His books include Kleos in a minor key: The Homeric Education of a Little Prince, published in 2011 by the Center for Hellenic Studies and Harvard University Press. His forthcoming books include The Gospel and the Greeks: Case Studies in the Reception of ancient Greek literature in the early Church, and A Cabinet of Monstrosities: Essays on the Cyclopes and other early Greek monsters.