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dr. B.L. Reitz-Joosse

Associate Professor of Latin Language and Literature
dr. B.L. Reitz-Joosse

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. I am a member of De Jonge Akademie of the Dutch Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (2018) and of the Young Academy Groningen (2016). 

My research focusses on the relationship between literature and material culture in the Roman world. I have recently completed a monograph based on my dissertation (Building in Words: The Process of Construction in Latin Literature), which will be published by Oxford University Press this year. 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 has just been published. 

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. 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. In the academic year 2020-21, I am teaching an Honours College course on War Remembrance in Ancient Rome, a course on Landscape and Memory in the Ancient World for graduate students, a research seminar on Propertius IV for advanced BA students, and Latin for Beginners/Latin for Research. I also serve as the first-year mentor for Classics students. I collaborate with students on a range of research projects, including the Fascist Latin digitalization project and a project on classical antiquity in the city of Groningen. In April 2018, I was elected Lecturer of the Year of the University of Groningen. 


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Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
9712 EK Groningen
The Netherlands