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prof. dr. D. (David) Rijser

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prof. dr. D. (David) Rijser

Curriculum vitae | in brief

 David Rijser (Amsterdam, 1956) studied classical languages and literature at the University of Amsterdam, where he graduated cum laude. After a career in secondary education and journalism, he defended his dissertation, Raphael’s Poetics: Ecphrasis, Interaction and Typology in Art and Poetry of High Renaissance Rome, at the University of Amsterdam in 2006, awarded the highest honours, and published in a commercial edition in 2012 with Amsterdam University Press as Raphael's Poetics. Art and Poetry in High Renaissance Rome.

Since 2006 Rijser teaches Classics and cultural history at the University of Amsterdam, specializing in Classical receptions and late medieval and early modern litarature. He was visiting professor at the Royal Dutch Insitute in Rome (2009), at the UGent (2012), and taught cultural history and reception at the Academia Vitae in Deventer and the UVT in Tilburg. From 2009 he organises and edits the Amsterdam Vergil Lectures (Michael Putnam in 2009, Philip Hardie in 2013 en Damien Nelis in 2016). In 2019 he was appointed professor by special appointment at the Rijks Universiteit Groningen, holding a chair of Receptions of Classical Antiquity instituted by the Nederlands Klassiek Verbond.

In 2016, his Een telkens nieuwe oudheid. Of: hoe Tiberius in New Jersey belandde (Amsterdam University Press 2016), an exploration of Western culture through the prism of classical receptions, figuring among the best-books-list of 2016 in NRC Handelsblad, de Standaard, Nieuwsblad van het Noorden, and nominated for the Homerus-prijs. A revised English edition (Antiquity Renewed. Or: How Tiberius Landed in New Jersey) is due to appear with Cambridge University Press in 2021. In 2018 he published a short book on representations of ‘thinking’ in Antiquity, De portiek van de buren. Verbeeldingen van denken in de Oudheid. From 2017 he began exploring the field of classical receptions in the ‘Islamic’ Middle Ages. In this context he works with Koen Ottenheym (University of Utrecht) on a project that studies classical receptions at the southern and eastern limes of the Roman Empire. In 2019 he won the OIKOS-publieksprijs for his work as a writer and journalist. At present he is developing a series of documentaries on the present state of our culture along the trajectory of Virgil’s Aeneid. In April ’21 Uitgeverij Novecento publishes his Arachne en de Imams.  Passanten, verhalen en cultuurgeschiedenis in klassieke en Arabische tradities.


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