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Reitz-Joosse, Dr Bettina

Bettina Reitz-Joosse
Bettina Reitz-Joosse

Bettina Reitz-Joosse is Assistant Professor of Latin Language and Literature. She researches the relationship between literature and material culture in Roman Antiquity. She calls herself a ‘dedicated classicist’ and is convinced that Antiquity also plays a meaningful role in current society.

Reitz-Joosse studied Classics at Corpus Christi College Oxford and gained her PhD in 2013 from Leiden University. In 2015 she was awarded a 4-year VENI grant by NWO to research the representation of ‘war landscapes’ (battlefields and other post-war spaces) in Roman literature. In 2016, she and her colleague Han Lamers made the world news with their research on the ‘Codex Fori Mussolini’, a Latin text about Mussolini’s Italy, hidden by the Fascists under a marble obelisk in Rome in 1932. The communications campaign around this project received the 2017 Science Communication Award from the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts and the Flemish Young Academy. In 2017, Reitz-Joosse was appointed a member of The Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), a platform comprising young top academics with an innovative vision of scholarship and academic policy. Reitz-Joosse is also a board member at the UG for The Young Academy. In 2018 she was voted UG Lecturer of the Year 2017. In 2022 she has received an ERC Starting Grant for the project FACERE.

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Reitz-Joosse, B. (Accepted/In press). Meaning in the Making: Representing Glass Production in Imperial Rome. In M. Flohr, & K. Bowes (Eds.), Valuing Labor in Antiquity Brill.
Reitz-Joosse, B. (Accepted/In press). Speaking Silences: The Incompleteness of Tacitus’ Annals and Gustav Freytag’s Die verlorene Handschrift . In M. Formisano, J. Fabre-Serris, & S. Frangoulidis (Eds.), Labor imperfectus: Unfinished, Incomplete, Partial Texts in Classical Antiquity De Gruyter.


Reitz-Joosse, B. (2022). Amba Alagia - 1941. In H. Lamers, & B. Reitz-Joosse (Eds.), Fascist Latin Texts Oslo University.
Lamers, H., & Reitz-Joosse, B. (2022). Codex Fori Mussolini - 1932. In H. Lamers, & B. Reitz-Joosse (Eds.), Fascist Latin Texts Oslo University.
Lamers, H., & Reitz-Joosse, B. (Eds.) (2022, Jan). Fascist Latin Texts. Oslo University.
Reitz-Joosse, B. (2022). Martinelli, Nello. In H. Lamers, & B. Reitz-Joosse (Eds.), Fascist Latin Texts Oslo University.
Reitz-Joosse, B. (2022). Nature's Steps: Staircases in Vitruvius' De Architectura. In A. Rickert, & S. Schlosser (Eds.), Gestaltung, Funktion und Bedeutung antiker Treppenanlagen: Multiperspektivische Analyse einer transkulturellen Konstante (pp. 383-398). (Kasion; Vol. 11). Zaphon.


Reitz-Joosse, B. (2021). Building in Words: The Process of Construction in Latin Literature. (Classical Culture and Society). Oxford University Press.
Adriaenssen, H. T., de Jong, M., Reitz-Joosse, B., & Sietsma, E. (2021, Sept 6). Een slimmer academisch jaar. Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW).


Makins, M., & Reitz-Joosse, B. (2021). Introduction: Landscapes of War in Greek and Roman Literature. In B. Reitz-Joosse, M. W. Makins, & C. J. Mackie (Eds.), Landscapes of War in Greek and Latin Literature (pp. 1-22). Bloomsbury Academic.
Reitz-Joosse, B., Makins, M., & Mackie, C. (Eds.) (2021). Landscapes of War in Greek and Roman Literature. Bloomsbury Academic.
Reitz-Joosse, B. (2021). Treurig terrein: Oorlogslandschappen in de Romeinse literatuur. KLEIO (Tijdschrift van de vereniging van docenten in geschiedenis en staatsinrichting in Nederland), 3, 12-17.
Reitz-Joosse, B. (2021). Writing a Landscape of Defeat: The Romans in Parthia. In B. Reitz-Joosse, M. W. Makins, & C. J. Mackie (Eds.), Landscapes of War in Greek and Roman Literature (pp. 177–192). Bloomsbury Academic.
Reitz-Joosse, B., & van der Steege, M. (2020). Inleiding: Oorlogsherdenking in de oudheid en nu. In M. van der Steege (Ed.), Oorlogsherdenking in de oudheid en nu: Lesmateriaal voor de bovenbouw van het gymnasium (pp. 9-13). Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.
Lamers, H., Reitz-Joosse, B., & Sanzotta, V. (2020). Introduction: Studies in the Latin Literature and Epigraphy of Italian Fascism. In H. Lamers, B. Reitz-Joosse, & V. Sanzotta (Eds.), Studies in the Latin Literature and Epigraphy of Italian Fascism (pp. 1-11). (Supplementa Humanistica Lovaniensia ; Vol. 46). Leuven University Press.
Lamers, H., Reitz-Joosse, B., & Sanzotta, V. (Eds.) (2020). Studies in the Latin Literature and Epigraphy of Italian Fascism. (Supplementa Humanistica Lovaniensia; Vol. 46). Leuven University Press.


Reitz-Joosse, B. (Accepted/In press). Battle Palimpsests and the Memory of War in Roman Literature. In M. Dinter, & M. Martinho dos Santos (Eds.), Cultural Memory in Imperial Rome Cambridge University Press.
Reitz-Joosse, B. (Guest ed.), & Dinter, M. T. (Guest ed.) (2019). Intermediality and Roman Literature. Trends in Classics, 11(1).
Dinter, M. T., & Reitz-Joosse, B. (2019). Introduction special Issue: Intermediality and Roman Literature. Trends in Classics, 11(1), 1-10.
Reitz-Joosse, B. (2019). Lesen, schauen, spüren: Römische Schlachtfelder als monumenta. Gymnasium, 126(2), 127-146.
Bettegazzi, N., Lamers, H., & Reitz-Joosse, B. (2019). Viewing the City of Rome in the Latin Literature of the Ventennio Fascista: Francesco Giammaria’s Capitolium novum. Fascism: Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies, 8(2), 153-178.


Reitz-Joosse, B., & Lamers, H. (2018). Voor anker in drijfzand: De obelisk van het Mussolini-Forum. Lampas. Tijdschrift voor Nederlandse classici, 51(4), 375-392.


Reitz-Joosse, B. (2016). Land at Peace and Sea at War: Landscape and the Memory of Actium in Greek Epigram and Propertius’ Elegies. In J. McInerney, & I. Sluiter (Eds.), Valuing Landscape in Classical Antiquity : Natural Environment and Cultural Imagination (pp. 276-296). ( Mnemosyne, Supplements; Vol. 393). Brill.
Reitz-Joosse, B., & Lamers, H. (2016). Lingua lictoria: The Latin Literature of Italian Fascism. Classical Receptions Journal, 8(2), 216-252.
Reitz-Joosse, B. (2016). The City and the Text in Vitruvius’ De Architectura. Arethusa, 49(2), 183-197.
Reitz-Joosse, B., & Lamers, H. (2016). The Codex Fori Mussolini: A Latin Text of Italian Fascism. Edited with Introduction, Commentary and Translation. Bloomsbury Academic.


Reitz-Joosse, B. (2014). Denouncing One’s Friends: The Ending of Tacitus’ Dialogus. Mnemosyne, 67, 115-121.
Reitz-Joosse, B., & Lamers, H. (2014). Fascisme in de taal van Augustus: De Latijnse literatuur van het ventennio fascista. Roma Aeterna, 2, 63-72.
Lamers, H., Reitz-Joosse, B., & Sacré, D. (2014). Neo-Latin Literature—Italy: Fascism (1922-1943). In P. Ford, J. Bloemendal, & C. Fantazzi (Eds.), Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World (pp. 1091-1096). (The Renaissance Society of America : texts and studies series; Vol. 3). Brill.
Reitz-Joosse, B. (2014). Review of Mundt, F. (2012) (ed.), Kommunikationsräume im kaiserzeitlichen Rom, Berlin. Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2014.04.43.
Reitz-Joosse, B. (2014). Rom. In S. Wodianka, & J. Ebert (Eds.), Metzler Lexikon Moderner Mythen (pp. 326-328). J.B. Metzler Verlag.


Reitz, B. (2013). Nature’s Helping Hand: Cooperation between Builder and Nature as a Rhetorical Strategy in Vitruvius, Statius and Pliny the Elder. In J. Klooster , & J. Heirman (Eds.), The ideologies of lived space in literary texts, ancient and modern (pp. 109-124).


Reitz, B. (2012). Episch eindigen: De manipulatie van closure-motieven in Statius’ Thebais. Lampas. Tijdschrift voor Nederlandse classici, 45(2), 134-151.
Reitz, B. (2012). Review of Spencer, D. (2011), Roman Landscape: Culture and Identity, Cambridge. The Ancient History Bulletin Online Reviews, 2, 2-5.
Reitz, B. (2012). Tantae molis erat: On Valuing Roman Imperial Architecture. In I. Sluiter, & R. Rosen (Eds.), Aesthetic Value in Classical Antiquity (pp. 315-344). ( Mnemosyne, Supplementum; Vol. 350). Brill.


Reitz, B., (TRANS.), & Powell, B. B. (2009). Einführung in die klassische Mythologie. J.B. Metzler Verlag.
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