Skip to ContentSkip to Navigation
Practical matters How to find us B.L. (Bettina) Reitz-Joosse, Dr

B.L. (Bettina) Reitz-Joosse, Dr

Associate Professor of Latin Language and Literature
B.L. (Bettina) Reitz-Joosse, Dr

NB: In 2022-23, I will be on research leave at the Humboldt University of Berlin. 

I studied Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford (BA 2007, MSt 2008) and I hold a PhD (2013) from Leiden University. After postdoctoral fellowships at Leiden, the Royal Dutch Institute in Rome (KNIR), and the University of Pennsylvania, I joined the Groningen department in 2015, where I have been an associate professor since 2019. In 2018, I was elected a member of De Jonge Akademie of the Dutch Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences.

My research focusses on the relationship between literature and material culture in the Roman world. My monograph Building in Words: The Process of Construction in Latin Literature has just been published by Oxford University Press. In 2015, I was awarded a four-year research grant (NWO-Veni) for a project which deals with the representation of ‘landscapes of war’ (battlefields and other post-war spaces) in Roman literature, and an edited volume related to this project was published in 2021. 

I also have an ongoing Classical Reception project together with my colleague Han Lamers (Leuven/Oslo), which deals with the role of the Latin language in Fascist Italy. Most recently, we have launched Fascist Latin Texts, a digital library of 120+ Latin texts from this period on Fascist themes. Our edition and study of a Fascist Latin text composed in 1932, Aurelio Amatucci’s Codex fori Mussolini, was published by Bloomsbury in August 2016, and a volume (Studies in the Latin Literature and Epigraphy of Italian Fascism, co-edited with Han Lamers and Valerio Sanzotta) in 2020 by Leuven University Press. 

I usually teach a range of courses in our BA and MA programmes, including an Honours College course on War Remembrance in Ancient Rome, a course entitled Classics: A Problematic Heritage in the 21st Century, and Latin for Beginners/Latin for Research. I also serve as the chair of the programme committee. I collaborate with students on a range of research projects, including the Fascist Latin digitalization project. In April 2018, I was elected Lecturer of the Year of the University of Groningen. 


Last modified:11 July 2022 4.13 p.m.