Richard Beck


Email: | Phone: 325-6921 | Office: CARN 200E

Richard Beck’s primary responsibility and teaching interest is the beginning ancient Greek language sequence. This introduces students to Greek and begins to provide them with sufficient linguistic knowledge and skill at reading to begin the study of the extremely various writings in Greek this knowledge makes available to them. Over the last decade he has taught various Greek courses, including courses in biblical Greek and in Homer. In 2007 he received a University of Oklahoma Students Association Outstanding Faculty Award.

He is constantly engaged in recruiting OU students for Greek studies. Recently, he has become active in the Oklahoma Teachers of Foreign Languages Association in order to begin building connections between OU and other Greek teachers and programs in Oklahoma.
Mr. Beck’s principal areas of interest are the Greek language and its history, Greek linguistics, and Homer.
He has lived in France, in Austria, and in Greece. He now lives in Norman, Oklahoma, in a gastrocentric household with his wife, Helga Madland, a writer and a scholar of 18th century German literature, and their cats and dogs, in a house with many windows and a large library situated inside a small, but elaborate, walled garden.