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After studying Classics at the University of Amsterdam, I taught Greek, Latin and Ancient Culture in secondary education for ten years (1996-2006). In 2006, I obtained my PhD in Byzantine Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

Currently, I am an assistant-professor in Ancient Greek at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. At ACASA (Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology), I teach Ancient Greek language and literature on BA- and MA-level. I am not only interested in philological questions (textual transmission and literary interpretation), but also in the cultural context of texts and in their reception. I preferably approach the topics of my teaching and research from an interdisciplinary perspective, linking them to other contemporary cultures (e.g. the Greek East and the Latin West) or to issues from the modern world (e.g. refugees in shifting worlds).

Research

I am particularly fascinated by late antique and Byantine poetry, since there are still many texts from these periods in need of proper editions, translations and commentaries. I am interested in philological and literary aspects of these texts (editions, ekphrasis, metaphors, satire, letter poems, etc.), but also in their more general cultural context, preferably from an interdisciplinary perspective, e.g. linking the Greek East and the Latin West, or combining literature and art history.

Currently, I am working an an Anthology of Late Antique and Byzantine Poetry (Greek texts, translation and commentary). An academic verion will be published by Routlegde (in English), a version for a larger readership will be published by Athenaeum-Polak & van Gennep (in Dutch).

I edited an interdisciplinary volume on the experience of sacred space. It focusses on the sanctuary door in Late Antiquity and approaches doors of temples and churches in Late Antiquity from different angles: literary, liturgical, archaeological, symbolic, art historical etc., in the East and in the West (Brill 2018). I also published a volume with the poems in hexameters and elegiacs by the 10th century poet John Geometres (Brill 2008). In the meantime, articles on various other poets, e.g. Gregory of Nazianzus, Nonnus, Colluthus, Paul the Silentiary, Leo the Philosopher, John Geometres, Christopher of Mitylene, as well as on many other topics have  been published.

Teaching

I teach courses at BA- and MA-level for students in Classics and Ancient Studies:

BA 1: Greek Language (on the basis of Greek novels, Lysias, Lucian, Aristophanes, Plato), Greek drama.

BA 2: epic: Homer, Historians (Herodotus, Thucidydes), History of Classical literature, Methodology, Greek Mythology. reception and creative writing.

BA 3: Tragedy (Euripides, Aristotle, Sophocles).

MA and ReMA: MA-courses on The Greek Epigram and on Late Antiquity (epic through the ages, saints' lives, literature from the 4th century CE, the fall of Constanople, Classics in the classroom for secondary school teachers, etc.); ReMA-course text & matter, tutorials (on demand, e.g. late antique poetry, Classics in translation, Byzantine literature; etc.).

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Prizes and Awards

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see also: https://vu-nl.academia.edu/EmilieMvanOpstall

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Poet Arts & Humanities
Late Antique Arts & Humanities
Poem Arts & Humanities
Late Antiquity Arts & Humanities
Hexameters Arts & Humanities
Philosopher Arts & Humanities
Letters Arts & Humanities
Byzantine Empire Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 2006 2018

General Introduction

van Opstall, E. M., 2018, Sacred Thresholds. The Door to the Sanctuary in Late Antiquity. Brill, p. 1-27

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

On the Threshold. Paul the Silentiary's Ekphrasis of Hagia Sophia

van Opstall, E. M., 2018, (Accepted/In press) Sacred Thresholds. The Door of the Sanctuary in Late Antiquity. Brill, p. 31-65 34 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Sacred Thresholds. The Door to the Sanctuary in Late Antiquity

van Opstall, E. M., 2018, Leiden: Brill. 384 p. ( Religions in the Graeco-Roman World; vol. 185)

Research output: Book / ReportBookAcademicpeer-review

Balancing on the tightrope of paganism: Leo the Philosopher

van Opstall, E. M., 2017, Traditions épiques et poésie épigrammatique. Actes du colloque des 7, 8 et 9 novembre 2012 à Aix-en-Provence. Peeters, p. 261-81 21 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Guerra, antisemitismo e filologia classica. Intervista a Stefan Radt

van Opstall, E. M., 2017, In : Quaderni di Storia. 2017, 86, p. 159-76 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Activities 2006 2019

Kriegerische Frauen im antiken Heldenepos

van Opstall, E. M. (Examiner)
2019 → …

Activity: PhD thesis ExaminationPhD thesis examination

Historical Excerpts: Accumulation, Selection and Transmission of History in Byzantium

van Opstall, E. M. (Examiner)
2018 → …

Activity: PhD thesis ExaminationPhD thesis examination

Byzantine Poetry in the Long Twelfth Century (1081-1204): Perceptions, Motivations, and Functions

van Opstall, E. M. (Participant)
2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Epistolary Poetry from Late Antiquity to Byzantium

van Opstall, E. M. (Participant)
2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

In the beginning was the metaphor. Nonnus' Paraphrase of the Gospel of John.

van Opstall, E. M. (Speaker)
27 Jan 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Prizes

Lofprijs der Nederlandse Taal 2014

E.M. van Opstall (Recipient), 2014

PrizeSocietal

Press / Media

DOCENTEN SPREKEN STEENKOLENENGELS?!

E.M. van Opstall

17/10/16

1 media contribution

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KRO, Betoog van de week, Taalstaat, Frits Spits

E.M. van Opstall

1/11/14

1 media contribution

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VPRO radio 1, Nooit meer slapen, Anton de Goede

E.M. van Opstall

1/11/14

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other