Leonie Henkes is a PhD candidate at the Centre for the Arts in Society.
Fields of interest
- Homeric scholarship
- ancient Greek values, history of ideas
- ancient Greek folk theories, especially on conceptions of emotions
- ancient and modern theatre
My PhD project examines folk theories of crying as represented in ancient Greek literature from Homer till the 5th century BCE. Whereas weeping is a universal phenomenon, the causes for weeping, the evaluation of tears, and the display rules of crying rely upon culturally specific aspects. In my project, I examine these cultural factors and attempt to reconstruct conceptualizations of crying of ancient Greek emotional communities, their norms about weeping, and culturally specific “emotion scripts”.
2019 – present
PhD candidate in ancient Greek literature at Leiden University Centre for Arts in Society, Classics.
2017 – 2018
Educative Master (ICLON) at Leiden University.
2015 – 2017
ResMA Classics and Ancient Civilizations at Leiden University. Master’s thesis on the cultural value of objects in Homer’s Iliad, with focus on the mare as a prize in Patroclus’ funeral games in Iliad 23.
2011 – 2015
BA Classics at Leiden University. Bachelor’s thesis on the cognitive function of the thyrsus as prop in Euripides’ Bacchae.
- prof. dr. Ineke Sluiter
- dr. Tazuko van Berkel
- dr. Luuk Huitink
LUCAS Conference ‘Bodies Matter’ 2021
Grants and awards
OIKOS Thesis Award 2017
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