Assistant Professor of Humanities
B.A., University of Waterloo; M.A., University of Toronto; Ph.D., Harvard University.
Flatt was born and raised in Ontario. A classicist by training and inclination, Flatt has studied and taught the history, culture, and languages of ancient Greece and Rome at both Canadian and American institutions. He is passionate about making more of the treasures of this ancient inheritance familiar and accessible to contemporary audiences, and is dedicated to the conservation and ongoing interpretation of the Western classical tradition.
His research and teaching interests are mainly literary, and include epic poetry (from Homer to the biblical epics of Late Antiquity), Greek and Roman historiography, Christian Humanism in the time of the Reformation, and 17th-century English literature. He also enjoys learning about the medieval North, Puritanism, and American history, and enthusiastically supports the current revival of interest in classical education in the United States and Canada.
Flatt’s articles have appeared or are forthcoming in The Classical Journal, Classical World, The Journal of English and Germanic Philology, and Vigiliae Christianae. He is currently preparing an edition and translation of Erasmus’ Annotations on the Gospel of John for the Collected Works of Erasmus, as well as a book on biblical epic. He has also contributed translations to Held in Honor: Wisdom for Your Marriage from Voices of the Past (edited by Robert Plummer and Matt Haste).
He is married to his best friend, Liz, and when he is not reading or writing he likes to go fishing (but never catches anything).
Ask A Professor
Why do you love teaching at Boyce College?
What I love most about teaching at Boyce College is that this entire campus—faculty and students—is united around a single, character-shaping, God-glorifying vision of Christian education. And it’s a vision worthy of deep commitment.
What are some of your top students doing with their degree?
Our Humanities students go on to pursue careers in a really wide variety of fields—everything from journalism, academia, and consulting to management and government service.
What makes the Humanities degree at Boyce College distinct?
The Humanities degree at Boyce is distinct for two qualities especially: 1) its holistic vision and 2) the flexibility it affords our students. When combined with Boyce’s core Biblical and Theological Studies classes, our program is designed to be training for all of life; it is designed to teach our students to discern and apply the very best of the Western tradition of literature, philosophy, and history to every facet of their lives, and to equip them to interpret and articulate complex ideas winsomely and persuasively. It also affords more elective choices and minor options than any other degree program, which many of our students find to be a great advantage.