Welcome to Hellenophile
What do I plan to do here? The blog's name, Hellenophile (lover of Greek), suggests most of the likely topics. I’ll write about topics both classical and early Christian, and focus primarily on texts written in Greek. At the moment, Gregory of Nazianzus, Origen of Alexandria, and a smattering of classical Greek poets are likely to furnish most of my pretexts for posts.
What to look for? I plan to open with a series of posts on various noteworthy passages in the new homilies of Origen of Alexandria on the Psalms. The first one should drop on Sunday, March 5.
Who am I? My name is Alex Poulos. Professionally, I’m a Ph.D. student at Catholic University of America in the Department of Greek and Latin. I’ve taught a smattering of language courses in both Greek and Latin, and I’ve taught or assisted in Intros to Classical Mythology and Greco-Roman History. My wife, Brianna, and I both grew up in North Carolina. We have a 1 year old son named Gregory (for the Nazianzene). I’m a Pentecostal by birth; an Anglican by choice and disposition. We’ve been a part of Church of the Advent in Washington, DC for the past 5 years or so.
How did I get here? My journey to a classics Ph.D. was not the traditional one. I studied Computer Science as an undergraduate, but early in my undergraduate days I began to get interested in New Testament Studies and Early Church History. Henry Chadwick’s The Early Church and NT Wright’s, The Challenge of Jesus were key texts. The latter prompted me to start teaching myself Greek, and soon Latin was added to the mix. I soon had enough under my belt to read simple texts. Prof. William Adler took me under his wing and agreed to nurture those budding interests by reading texts in the original language with me. By the time I graduated with a BS in Computer Science, I’d decided to pursue graduate work in early Christian studies. It became apparent to me then that though I enjoyed history and theology, I was really a philologist at heart. This brought me to Catholic University of America’s Greek and Latin program, which has been tremendously enriching for me. My original interest in the New Testament expanded both forward into the patristic period and back to the classical period. Catholic has been a terrific place to be immersed in the great sweep of Greek and Latin literature, both pagan and Christian.
What am I working on these days and what interests me? For my dissertation, I’m investigating Gregory of Nazianzus’ interaction in his poetry with the aesthetic program of Callimachus of Alexandria. I’ll say more about that in a subsequent post. My interests are broad, though, (perhaps too broad!), so I’m also working on a paper about Origen of Alexandria’s views on the soul in the new Psalms homilies. I’m also toying around with an idea for an article on Terence Heautontimoroumenos.
I’m quite interested in editing and manuscripts, though I don’t have much of an outlet for these at the moment. Naturally enough, I’m following with keen interest the development of the Digital Humanities. I’ve done some work with computational stylistics and stemmatics, though only as a practitioner.
What about that other blog? I blogged sporadically for several years at The Poulos Blog. I plan to slowly migrate useful material from there to this site.
Why Ash Wednesday? What a strange day to start a blog! For now, I’ll say that writing will be something of a Lenten devotion.