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Christoph Pieper

University Lecturer

Dr. C.H. Pieper
+31 71 527 2673

Christoph Pieper is a university lecturer at the Centre for the Arts in Society

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Fields of interest

  • Latin oratory in the republic and its reception in imperial and later times
  • Ovid
  • Latin poetry of the Italian Renaissance
  • Classical tradition/Reception of antiquity in early modern times


Cicero’s reception from antiquity onwards (VIDI project Mediated Cicero from January 2017 until 31 December 2021). 

Curriculum Vitae

  • * 1974 in Ibbenbüren (Germany)
  • 1996-2002 study of Latin, German and Italian literature and language in Bonn and Florence
  • 2008 PhD (Latin) on the Florentine poet Cristoforo Landino and his elegiac collection 'Xandra' (Bonn University, supervisor Prof. Dr. Marc Laureys)
  • Since October 2006 University Lecturer (tenured) of Latin literature and language in Leiden
  • Executive editor of “Mnemosyne" and the "Mnemosyne Supplements”
  • Member of the editorial board of "Neulateinisches Jahrbuch"
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the series “Bibliotheca Latinitatis Novae” (Leuven University Press)
  • Co-organizer of the Penn-Leiden Colloquia on Ancient Values 2012 (with James Ker) and 2016 (with Cynthia Damon)

Teaching activities

  • Introductory courses on Latin grammar, syntax and translation skills (BA1), Cicero/Rhetoric (BA1), Latin elegy (BA1), the history of the Latin language (BA2), the Latin literature of the Renaissance (BA2)
  • Research seminars on different literary and historic subjects from antiquity and the Renaissance (BA3 and MA, recently on “Ovid and Augustus”, “Cicero and Ciceronianism”, “Memory and Rhetoric”, “Educating the Prince”, Tacitus’ Dialogus de oratoribus, Boethius' Consolatio, Florentine Literary Culture in the 15th century, Thomas More’s Utopia).
  • Additional teaching activities (Latin prose composition, Medieval Latin)
  • Co-organizer of a course on the reception of classical texts and in music, dance and film.
  • Co-organizer of two Studium generale series (on Constantine and Augustus).
  • Director of the Classics students’ theatre group in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2016.

Key publications

  • Elegos redolere Vergiliosque sapere. Cristoforo Landinos 'Xandra' zwischen Liebe und Gesellschaft. Hildesheim : Olms 2008. [reviewed in: Mittellateinisches Jahrbuch 44 (2009) 178-81 (F.-R. Hausmann); BMCR 2009.07.48 (J. De Keyser); Renaissance Quarterly 62 (2009) 863-4 (C. Kallendorf); Wolfenbütteler Renaissance Mitteilungen 31 (2007, published 2009) 162-5 (N. Thurn); International Journal of the Classical Tradition 18 (2011) 669-75 (J.A. Nassichuk); IASLonline 04.08.12 (W. Kofler)]
  • (ed. with Karl Enenkel and Marc Laureys),  Discourses of Power. Ideology and Politics in Neo-Latin Literature. Hildesheim : Olms 2012. [reviewed in: Neo-Latin News 61 (2013) 65-67 (C. Kallendorf)]
  • (ed. with James Ker),  Valuing the Past in the Greco-Roman World. Proceedings from the Penn-Leiden Colloquia on Ancient Values VII. Leiden – Boston : Brill 2014.
  • (ed. with Karl Enenkel and Tobias Leuker),  Iohannes de Certaldo. Beiträge zu Boccaccios lateinischen Werken und ihrer Wirkung. Hildesheim : Olms 2015.

Several articles on Phaedrus, Ovid, Cicero, and Renaissance literature.  
Reviews for Classical Review, Mnemosyne, Anzeiger für die Altertumswissenschaft, Neulateinisches Jahrbuch, Medievalia et Humanistica, Mittellateinisches Jahrbuch, Neo-Latin News and Quaerendo.

Grants and awards

  • 2002-2006 PhD scholarship of the “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes”
  • 2010-2014 VENI scholarship for a research project on the reception of early Roman oratory
  • 2017-2021 VIDI scholarship for a research project on the mediated reception of Cicero the politician and orator 

University Lecturer

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • Latijnse T&C

Work address

Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden
Room number A0.44



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