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Luuk Huitink


Dr. L. Huitink
+31 71 527 8105

Luuk Huitink is a Researcher at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society.

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Field of interest

• Ancient Greek linguistics
• Cognitive criticism and narratology
• Greek historiography
• Ancient rhetoric


In the context of the project ‘Anchoring Innovation’ (2017 Gravitation Grant, Ministry of Education, NWO), I organize, together with Prof. dr. Ineke Sluiter, an international conference on “How to Study the Social Psychology of the Ancient World”, to be held at Leiden University in December 2018. 
Additionally, I continue to work on developing innovative approaches to ancient Greek narrative, particularly to Greek historiography. I am primarily concerned with charting and explaining areas of stylistic change and innovation in Greek narrative prose for which the works of Xenophon (early 420s–after 355 BCE) represent an important phase. Furthering research into Xenophon is itself an aim of the project (and a timely one, as Xenophon is increasingly recognized as one of the great generic experimenters of antiquity and a leading ‘voice’ in fourth-century BCE thought), but the project also aims to further develop the concept of ‘anchoring’ and to expand the socio-cognitive linguistic and narratological aspects of the anchoring research agenda. 

The main premise of the project is that literary traditions ‘learn’, i.e. become increasingly effective at achieving specific communicative aims by expanding the repertoire of stylistic devices (broadly understood and with due awareness to the problem of assuming a rigid dichotomy between form and content) or by assigning new functions to existing ones; they do so incrementally or suddenly (by the agency of individual authors). Processes of change are also conditioned by the fact that the aims themselves may alter under the influence of the shifting ideologies and social contexts in which literary artefacts function. 


Research Fellow at the “Anchoring Innovation” Project (2017 Gravitation Grant, Ministry of Education, NWO), Leiden University

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Ruperto-Carola University, Heidelberg

Leventis Research Fellow in Ancient Greek, Merton College, Oxford

Lecturer in Classics, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford

DPhil Classical Languages and Literature Worcester College, Oxford.
Thesis: ‘Reported Discourse in Classical Greek: Grammatical Form and Communicative Function’

St General Linguistics & Comparative Philology (distinction)
Worcester College, Oxford

MA Greek and Latin Languages and Literature (cum laude)
University of Amsterdam

Teaching Activities

Coordinator, ReMa Classics and Ancient Civilizations Common Course ‘The Commentary’ (2018–2019)


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

Work address

Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden
Room number A0.40



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