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Frits Naerebout

University Lecturer

Dr. F.G. Naerebout
+31 71 527 2709

Frits Naerebout is a University Lecturer at the institute for History.

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Spreekuur / Hours

Na afspraak / by appointment

Fields of interest

  • Religions of the Greco-Roman world
  • Culture contact in the Hellenistic world and the Roman Empire

Curriculum vitae

Frits Naerebout was born in Delft, November 15, 1956. After secondary school (Gymnasium A, Stanislascollege, Delft) he went on to study history at Leiden University, specialising in ancient and medieval history, and the philosophy of history. He got his MA in 1980. Almost immediately afterwards he started teaching at the History Department of Leiden University. In 1990, he moved from Leiden University to the Dutch Open University, and from ancient history to the much wider field of cultural studies. In 1993 he studied at the Institute for Pre- and Protohistory of the University of Amsterdam. He got his PhD at Leiden University in 1997 on a dissertation dealing with dance and ancient Greek religion, Attractive performances. Ancient Greek dance: three preliminary studies (Amsterdam 1997 Gieben). Since 2000 he was, intermittently, teaching at Leiden University again, as well as at the Open University. In 2003 he moved back to Leiden, and to teaching ancient history.

Major publications since 1995

(with H.W. Singor) De Oudheid. Grieken en Romeinen in de context van de wereldgeschiedenis, Baarn 1995 (revised edition 2001; many reprints)

‘Texts and images as sources for the study of dance in ancient Greece,’ Pharos. Journal of the Netherlands Institute at Athens 3 (1995) 23-40

‘Mobiliseren en communiceren. Dans in het oude Griekenland,’ Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis 109 (1996) 361-375

Attractive performances. Ancient Greek dance: three preliminary studies, Amsterdam 1997

La danza greca antica. Cinque secoli di indagine, Lecce 2001

‘Emporikon ti pragma. Feest en economie in de antiek-Griekse wereld,’ Leidschrift 16.2 (2001) 23-40

‘The Baker dancer and other Hellenistic statuettes of dancers. Illustrating the use of imagery in the study of dance in the ancient Greek world,’ Imago Musicae. International Yearbook of Musical Iconography 18 (2001) [=2002] 39-63

Griekse democratie. Democratische politiek in het klassieke Athene (Amsterdam, 2005; new edition: Leiden 2015)

Moving events. Dance at public events in the ancient Greek world: thinking through its implications’, in: E. Stavrianopoulou (ed), Ritual and communication in the Graeco-Roman world (Liège 2006) 37-67

‘The temple at Ras el-Soda. Is it an Isis temple? Is it Greek, Roman, Egyptian, or neither? And so what?’, in: L. Bricault, P.G.P. Meyboom & M.J. Versluys (edd), Nile into Tiber. Egypt in the Roman world (Leiden 2007) 506-554

‘Spending energy as an important part of ancient Greek religious behaviour’, in: Proceedings of the International Symposium on Ancient Mediterranean World, 16-18 April 2004 at the University of Tokyo = Kodai Journal of Ancient History 13/14 (2002-2003 [= 2007]) 9-18

‘Global Romans? Is globalisation a concept that is going to help us understand the Roman empire?’, Talanta 38-39 (2008) 149-170

‘Das Reich tanzt... Dance in the Roman Empire and its discontents’, in: O. Hekster, S.  Schmidt-Hofner & C. Witschel (edd), Ritual dynamics and religious change in the Roman Empire (Leiden 2009) 143-158

‘Territorialität und griechische Religion – die aufgeteilte Landschaft’, in: E. Olshausen & V. Sauer (edd), Die Landschaft und die Religion (Stuttgart 2009) 191-213

‘How do you want your goddess? From the Galjub Hoard to a general vision on religious choice in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt’, in: L. Bricault & M.J. Versluys (edd), Isis on the Nile. Egyptian gods in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt (Leiden 2010) 55-74

‘ “In search of a dead rat”: the reception of ancient Greek dance in late nineteenth-century Europe and America’, in: F. Macintosh (ed), The ancient dancer in the modern world. Responses to Greek and Roman dance (Oxford 2010) 39-56

‘Quelle contribution l'épigraphie grecque apporte-t-elle à l'étude de la danse antique?’, in: M.-H. Delavaud-Roux (ed.), Musiques et danses dans l'Antiquité (Rennes 2011) 247-258

(with K. Beerden) ‘"Gods cannot tell lies": riddling and ancient Greek divination’, in: “J. Kwapisz, D. Petrain & M. Szymanski (edd), The Muse at Play. Riddles and Wordplay in Greek and Latin Poetry (Berlin 2012) 121-147

‘Convergence and divergence: one empire, many cultures’, in: P. de Kleijn & S. Benoist (edd),  Integration in Rome and the Roman World (Leiden 2013) 263-281

‘Music and dance, Hellenistic and Roman period’, in: D.M. Master (ed), The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Archaeology (New York 2013) 147-155

‘Cuis regio, eius religio? Rulers and religious change in Greco-Roman Egypt’, in: L. Briacult & M.J. Versluys (edd), Power, politics and the cults of Isis. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference of Isis Studies, Boulogne-sur-Mer, October 13-15, 2011 (Leiden 2014) 36-61

‘Dance’, in: R. Raja & J. Rüpke (edd.), A Companion to the Archaeology of Religion in the Ancient World (Oxford 2015) 107-119

‘Twee steden, een dictator en een archeoloog. Pompeii en Herculaneum, Mussolini en Maiuri’, Leidschrift. Historisch Tijdschrift 31(1) (2016) 91-108

‘Moving in unison. The Greek chorus in performance’, in: L. Gianvittorio (ed.), Choreutika. Performing and theorising dance in ancient Greece (Pisa 2017) 39-66 

University Lecturer

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Institute for History
  • Oude Geschiedenis

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.71a



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