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dr. J.W. (Jan Willem) Drijvers

Associate Professor/Reader in Ancient History
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I was educated at Groningen University where I studied History with a specialisation in Ancient History. I graduated in 1982 and did my doctorate at the same university in 1989. Title thesis: Helena Augusta: Waarheid en Legende. The English edition appeared in 1992: Helena Augusta: The Mother of Constantine the Great and the Legend of Her Finding of the True Cross.

In 1983 I started teaching Ancient History at Groningen University.

2000-2001: Josephus Daniels Fellow at the National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA

2009: Summer fellow of Dumbarton Oaks, Research Library and Collection, Washington DC.

April 2011: Visiting member of the Centre for the Study of Greek and Roman Antiquity of Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

Spring 2015: DAAD grant for research stay at Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen

December 2017: Visiting Professor at The Center for the Study of Christianity, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

July 2018: Visiting Associate Professor Macquarie University, Sydney

2019: Summer fellow of Dumbarton Oaks, Research Library and Collection, Washington DC.

Member of the editorial board of  Lampas. Tijdschrift voor Classici (until 2017)

Consulting editor of the Journal of Late Antiquity

Member Advisory Committee "Sidonius Apollonaris for the 21st Century"

I have been guest lecturer at e.g. the universities of Pisa, Kiel, and the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome. I am regularly invited for guestlectures by European and American universities and as keynote speaker at conferences.

I have been a member of the board of the Faculty of Arts (1993-1995) and of the board of the History Department and Classics Department. From 2011-2016 I have been a member of the University Committee fot Education on behalf of the Faculty of Arts.

In the years 2008-2013 I have been coordinator of the research group Impact of Empire of the National Research School in Classical Studies OIKOS and member of the Educational Board of OIKOS.


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