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Leanne Jansen


Dr. L.M. Jansen
+31 71 527 2709

Leanne Jansen is a lecturer at the Institute for History. She is specialising in the political image of Cicero in Roman imperial historiography.

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Fields of interest

  • Ciceronian tradition
  • The reception of antiquity within antiquity itself or in the pre-modern period
  • Ancient rhetoric and literary criticism
  • Classical scholarship in the Italian Renaissance, esp. in the figure of Angelo Poliziano


My PhD project is part of the NWO VIDI project 'Mediated Cicero' (which started in January 2017 and will last until December 2021) under supervision of Christoph Pieper.

My project examines the image of Cicero as public person and politician in the first three centuries after his death. I focus on the Roman historians, integrating the Latin as well as the Greek tradition in my research. The dissertation will consist of several case studies on Cicero's "Nachleben" in the imperial age. I will deal with the following themes:

  • the multifaceted nature of Cicero's reputation, his combined success as writer and politician;
  • his death;
  • the position of Cicero within the complicated political network of the late Republic, and Cicero's status as "exemplum" of Roman virtues;
  • the performance of Cicero's words in historiography in terms of speeches or quotations;
  • the interactions between Latin and Greek historians;
  • the function of anecdote and storytelling in shaping the public image of an important historical figure.

My other research interest is the intellectual culture of fifteenth-century Florence, and in particular the academic commentaries of Angelo Poliziano. 

Curriculum vitae

  • 2017-present
    PhD Candidate in Latin literature at LUCAS, Department of Classics
  • 2015-2017
    Research-assistant at the Leiden Department of Classics, for Prof. dr. Ineke Sluiter
  • 2012-2015
    Research master Classics and Ancient Civilizations at Leiden University, Master's thesis on the academic work of Angelo Poliziano (1454-1494).
    Ancillary activities: abactis of the first board of the study society Sophia Aeterna, and student member of the Teaching Committee of the MA Classics and Ancient Civilizations.
  • 2009-2012
    Bachelor Classics at Leiden University, Bachelor's thesis on the language of imagination in Longinus' "On the Sublime" 


  • Prof. dr. Antje Wessels 
  • Dr. Christoph Pieper 


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Institute for History
  • Oude Geschiedenis

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.66a



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