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Jörn Soerink

University lecturer

Dr. J. Soerink
+31 71 527 2727

Jörn Soerink is a University Lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society.

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Fields of interest

  • The epic tradition
  • Statius Thebaid
  • Senecan tragedy
  • Intertextuality
  • Metapoetics
  • Textual criticism
  • Commentaries

Curriculum vitae

Jörn Soerink (1982) studied Classics (BA 2004; cum laude) and Literary Studies (Research MA 2007; cum laude) at the University of Amsterdam. He obtained a second master's degree in Classics at the University of Oxford (MSt 2008; with distinction), thanks to a Huygens Scholarship Programme Talentenbeurs. In 2014 he defended his PhD-thesis (Beginning of Doom. Statius Thebaid 5.499-753. Introduction, Text, Commentary) at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (cum laude). Since 2011 he teaches Latin language and literature at Leiden University.

Teaching activities

I teach a variety of courses in both the BA and the MA programme, including Latin morphology and syntax (BA1), Latin epic (BA2), history of Latin literature (BA2) and a seminar on Petronius' Satyrica (MA).

Key publications

  • (2017), 'Homerus noemt mij niet': Achaemenides in Vergilius' Aeneis 3, Lampas. Tijdschrift voor classici 50(1): 76-95.

  • (2014) Beginning of Doom. Statius Thebaid 5.499-753. Introduction, Text, Commentary (diss. Groningen)
  • (2014) 'Tragic / Epic: Statius' Thebaid and Euripides' Hypsipyle' in: A. Augoustakis (ed.) Flavian Literature and Its Greek Past (Brill, Leiden) 171-91.
  • (2013) ‘Statius, Silius Italicus and the Snake Pit of Intertextuality’ in: G. Manuwald & A. Voigt (eds.) Flavian Epic Interactions (De Gruyter, Berlin) pp. 361-77.
  • (2011) 'De kunst van kannibalisme: Tydeus en Melanippus in Statius' Thebais', Lampas 44: 248-65.

Selected presented papers

  • ‘Statius’ Hypsipyle’, international conference Flavian Literature and its Greek Past, Delphi (Greece), July 2012.
  • 'Poets Playing Preludes: Vergil's (?) Culex and (prae)ludere in Latin literature', Poikilia: a colloquium in memory of James Worthen, University of Oxford (UK), October 2010.
  • ' Vbera iam materna: Statius' Thebaid and Wet Nursing in Imperial Rome', Celtic Conference in Classics, panel Epic Poetry and Flavian Culture, University of Edinburgh (UK), July 2010.
  • 'Bloody brothers: fratricide and civil war in Latin literature', Netherlands Institute of Athens (Greece), June 2010.
  • 'Statius' Altar of Clemency ( Thebaid 12.481-518): Greek facts and Latin fictions', Workshop on 'Hybridisierung', Giessen (Germany), March 2010.
  • 'The significance of the Opheltes episode in Statius' Thebaid', Statius Workshop, University of Nottingham (UK), January 2010.
  • 'Between Upper and Nether World: Furies and Liminality in Latin Literature', CASA Conference Boundaries and Crossings, University of Pretoria (South Africa), June-July 2009.

University lecturer

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

Work address

Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden
Room number A0.28



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