Biography

Diederik Burgersdijk is lecturer in Classical Languages and History at University College Utrecht and Cartesius Lyceum, Amsterdam. He is research-fellow at Radboud University, Nijmegen, and Allard Pierson, the archaeological museum of the University of Amsterdam. He is editor of the series Cultural Interactions in the Mediterranean at Brill Publishers, of the University of Bologna’s Rivista storica dell’Antichit√†, and of Talanta, Proceedings of the Dutch Archaeological and Historial Society.

He frequently acts as a moderator of Spui25, the cultural and academic centre of the University of Amsterdam, right in the heart of the historical city centre. He also acts as an editor of the yearly Homeruslezing (click here for the most recent edition). In the period 2016-2020, he was Chairman of the Dutch Classical Association (NKV), and in the period 2008-2014 he has been founder and chairman of the Zenobia Foundation.

He is specialised in historiography and rhetoric in the Roman imperial era, about which he has published numerous books and articles in several languages, in international volumes and journals. In 2010, he took his PhD on a study about the Historia Augusta, a late imperial collection of Roman biographies of emperors. Currently, he is working on the text, with a commentary, of Nazarius’ speech to Constantine the Great, part of the panegyrici latini XII collection.