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dr. J.W. Drijvers

Associate Professor/Reader in Ancient History
dr. J.W. Drijvers
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Since 1991 I was a member of the Dutch Ammianus Marcellinus research group, consisting of two latinists and two ancient historians. As a group we publish philological and historical commentaries on the historical work of Ammianus Marcellinus. The fourth-century historian wrote a history of the Roman empire of which only the books 14-31 have survived which deals with the historical events of the years 354-478 (Books 14-31). In 2017 the project was completed with the publication of the commentray on Book 31; http://www.brill.com/search?search_title=ammianus%20marcellinus.

In the coming years I intend to do more work on the culture of leadership in the Late Roman Empire, in particular the representation and perception of late-antique imperial rule. In this context I am working on a monograph on the emperor Jovian (363-364) entitled The emperor Jovian between History and Myth.

I am furthermore interested in historical fiction as a historical source, such as the late-antique legends of the discovery of the Cross and the so-called Syriac Julian Romance, a fictitious work about the emperor Julian the Apostate (361-363).

In collaboration with Roger Rees (St. Andrews) I working on a philological and historical commentary on the panegyric for Constantine of 313 (Pan. Lat. 12.[9]); https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/classics/panegyric/

 

Current Phd's (co-promotor/supervisor)

- Raf Praet, Finding the Present in the Distant Past: The Cultural Meaning of Antiquarianism in Late Antiquity (4-7th c. AD). This PhD research is part of the  FWO-NWO project "Finding the Present in the Distant Past" in collaboration with Peter van Nuffelen of the University of Ghent.

- Lorenzo Focanti, Finding the Present in the Distant Past: The Cultural Meaning of Antiquarianism in Late Antiquity (4-7th c. AD). This PhD research is part of the  FWO-NWO project "Finding the Present in the Distant Past" in collaboration with Peter van Nuffelen of the University of Ghent.

- T. Blokzijl 2008 - Keizers en Decurionen. De verspreiding en acceptatie van keizerlijke macht, ideologie, cultuur en mentaliteit in Romeins Italië  (27 v.Chr.- 68 n.Chr.). Promotor/supervisor: O.M. van Nijf.

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9712 EK Groningen
The Netherlands

Department of History

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