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Jörn Mixdorf

PhD candidate

J.H. Mixdorf MA
+31 71 527 2166

Jörn Mixdorf is an external PhD candidate at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society.

More information about Jörn Mixdorf

Research interests

- Theocritus
- Hellenistic literature
- aesthetic theory

Current research

Theocritus’ mimetic (i.e. non-narrative) poems were most probably meant to be recited by the author himself or by another, professional, performer, rather than to be acted out on stage; they will also have circulated as individual texts. This implies special challenges for both the author as well as the listener (or reader for that matter) with regard to conveying and receiving information about space, time, characters and action, which in a dramatic performance could be easily understood from the staging. In my PhD thesis I want to demonstrate that Theocritus applied a variety of techniques on almost all major linguistic levels in order to compensate for the lack of the visual aspects that come with a stage performance. Theocritus may not have been the first poet who applied these techniques, but he used them with an astonishing frequency and in often unusual combinations. The study will furthermore take into account his possible models in the genre of mimetic (prose) dialogue, above all Sophron’s mimes and Plato’s dialogues, but also other important examples of mimetic poetry by Theocritus’ contemporaries: Herodas’ Mimiambs and Callimachus’ Hymns as well as some of his Epigrams, in order to obtain a fuller picture of this innovative sub-genre of Hellenistic poetry. 


prof. dr. Antje Wessels

Academic CV

After studying Greek, Latin and German at the universities of Cologne, Tübingen, Amsterdam (UvA) and Berlin (FU; M.A. 2006) and my training as a teacher in Bavaria (Fridericianum Erlangen, Casimirianum Coburg, Heinrich-Schliemann-Gymnasium Fürth; Staatsexamen 2010) I have been teaching in Potsdam (Humboldt-Gymnasium); currently (2018/19) I work full-time in Leiden on completing my PhD thesis.

PhD candidate

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • Latijnse T&C
  • Cartesius Lyceum Amsterdam Docent Klassieke Talen
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