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prof. dr. Gerrit Boter


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    From 1977 to 2008 I taught Classics at various secondary schools. After my PhD (1986) I continued to work as an independent researcher until 2001, when I got a small job at the Vrije Universiteit. After the premature death of Simon Slings in 2004 I became his successor as professor of Greek at the Vrije Universiteit, a position which I have occupied until the present day.


    In my research I concentrate on the interpretation and textual transmission of three authors: Plato, Epictetus and Philostratus.

    I did my PhD on the textual tradition of Plato's Republic (1986). The OCT edition of Plato's Republic, based on my evaluation of the tradition of the text, was published in 2003 by Simon Slings, one of the supervisors of my PhD. Slings did not live to complete his edition of the eighth tetralogy. It will be my task to prepare the critical editions of the Timaeus and the Critias. The foundation for this work was laid by my friend Gijsbert Jonkers, whose dissertation (1989) gives a full analysis of the transmission of these two dialogues. The commercial edition of Jonkers' dissertation was published by Brill in 2017.

    In 1999 I published a critical edition of Epictetus' Encheiridion and its three Christian adaptations. A Teubner edition of the original Encheiridion appeared in 2007. I have been continuing my studies on Epictetus until the present day and I presently prepare studies on Epictetus' use of quotations and on the interpretation of fragment 1.

    Since 1999, I have been engaged in the project of preparing a critical edition of Philostratus' Life of Apollonius of Tyana for the Teubner series. I have published two articles on the transmission of the text (2009 and 2014) and an article on the title of the work (2015). I hope to finish the establishing of the text in 2018.


    I visited the Eerste Christelijk Lyceum in Haarlem from 1966 to 1972, where I received my gymnasium diploma. I studied Classics at the Vrije Universiteit from 1972 to 1980. I did my PhD on the textual tradition of Plato's Republic from 1982 to 1986, under the guidance of Dirk Schenkeveld and Simon Slings.


    I teach courses on Greek literature from first year bachelor to (research) master. For RM students I teach a course "Editing and Commenting Technique, in collaboration with Prof. Irene de Jong (University of Amsterdam).

    I presently supervise PhD theses by Arjan Nijk (the historical present in Classical Greek), Joachim Kraaij (transmission and edition of Plato's Euthydemus) and Sean Keller (the Orpheus myth in Virgil and Ovid).

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  • The Codex Vratislaviensis of Philostratus' Life of Apollonius of Tyana

    Boter, G. J., 5 Feb 2020, In : Mnemosyne: A Journal of Classical Studies. 73, 1, p. 132-137 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

  • Editing Philostratus' Life of Apollonius of Tyana

    Boter, G., Dec 2019, Tempus Quaerendi: Nouvelles expériences philologiques dans le domaine de la pensée de l'Antiquité tardive. Ferroni, L. (ed.). Paris: Les Belles Lettres, p. 35-57 23 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

  • Een beetje onsterfelijk: Diotima over Eros en onsterfelijkheid

    Translated title of the contribution: Partly immortal: Diotima on Eros and immortalityBoter, G., Dec 2019, In : Lampas. 52, 4, p. 437-452 16 p.

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  • Epictetus

    Boter, G., 2019

    Research output: Online publication or Non-textual formOnline publication or WebsiteAcademic

  • Activities

    • 71 Lecture / Presentation
    • 5 Conference
    • 4 Editorial work

    Plato's Symposium

    Gerrit Boter (Speaker)
    29 Sep 2020

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    Epictetus over emoties: een controversiele filosofie

    Gerrit Boter (Speaker)
    7 Sep 2020

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    Rust en concentratie bij oude filosofen

    Gerrit Boter (Speaker)
    7 Jan 2020

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    Editing Philostratus' Life of Apollonius of Tyana

    Gerrit Boter (Speaker)
    15 Oct 2019

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    Rust en stilte bij antieke filosofen

    Gerrit Boter (Speaker)
    14 Nov 2019

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