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Lidewij van Gils is assistant professor of Latin at the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). She teaches Latin Language and Culture courses in the bachelor and master programmes and supervises theses at bachelor, master and PhD level. For VU Pre-University College she also initiates and coordinates masterclasses for high school students and professional meetings for teachers in the field of Humanities. After her studies of Classics at the Vrije Universiteit she obtained her PhD at the same university in 2009 with a dissertation on the narrationes in Cicero’s forensic speeches. Together with other Ciceronian scholars she publishes regularly on Cicero´s life, rhetoric and speeches for a wide audience. Her academic research is mainly focused on communicative strategies in classical Latin prose authors, for which she makes use of pragmatics, politeness theories and cognitive linguistics. As an expert in linguistic approaches to classical languages, she is involved in the award winning research programme Anchoring Innovation. In 2017 she was elected Teacher of the Year at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Research

Van Gils’ main focus is on communicative aspects of the classical Latin prose and her investigations concern, for instance, the use of negation, adversative particles, tenses and other signs of interaction or intersubjectivity in Cicero, Livy and Tacitus. The linguistic analyses of such phenomena need to be related to the communicative situation of speakers, addressees and other persons involved and she makes use of the cognitive-linguistic concept of common ground and sociolinguistic models of (im)politeness to address such contextual issues. A last important factor in most of her research is the distinction between narrative and nonnarrative modes of presenting and more specifically the persuasive and pervasive potential of embedded stories. The combined narratological and discourse-pragmatic approach adopted to investigate this field of research, has recently led to a volume on textual strategies in Greek and Latin war narrative (edited by Van Gils, De Jong & Kroon).   

 

Teaching

Van Gils teaches Latin Language and Literature both at bachelor and master level and together with colleagues from Ancient History and Archaeology she develops interdisciplinary courses on, for instance, ancient warfare. In 2017 she was awarded the title Teacher of the Year of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

 

Education

Gymnasium at Sorghvliet, The Hague (1991)

Classics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (MA, 1999)

Teacher's degree at Universiteit van Amsterdam (1999)

PhD in Latin Linguistics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2009)

Basic and Senior Qualification in Higher Education at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2014)

Educational Leadership at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2017)

 

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Keywords

  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • pragmatics
  • discourse linguistics
  • text structure
  • common ground
  • anaphoric references
  • tenses
  • narrative
  • text types
  • PA Classical philology
  • Cicero
  • Livy
  • Tacitus
  • rhetoric
  • historiography
  • invective
  • PC Romance languages
  • Latin

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Cicero Arts & Humanities
Livy Arts & Humanities
Narrative Technique Arts & Humanities
Herodotus Arts & Humanities
Historiography Arts & Humanities
Ancient History Arts & Humanities
Classical Studies Arts & Humanities
Tense Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2001 2018

Cicero

Pieper, C., Tellegen-Couperus, O. & van der Wal, R., 2018, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. 192 p. (Elementaire Deeltjes; vol. 57)

Research output: Book / ReportBook editingProfessional

Cicero
Revival
Huns
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Elites

Discourse-Linguistic Strategies in Livy’s Account of the Battle at Cannae

van Gils, L. W. & Kroon, C. H. M., Nov 2018, Textual Strategies in Ancient War Narrative: Thermopylae, Cannae and Beyond. Leiden / Boston: Brill, p. 191-233 42 p.

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

Introduction

van Gils, L. W., de Jong, I. J. F. & Kroon, C. H. M., Nov 2018, Textual Strategies in Ancient War Narrative: Thermopylae, Cannae and Beyond. Leiden / Boston: Brill, p. 1-16 16 p.

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

Livy’s use of Spatial References in the Cannae Episode: from Structure to Strategy

van Gils, L. W., Nov 2018, Textual Strategies in Ancient War Narrative: Thermopylae, Cannae and Beyond. van Gils, L. W., de Jong, I. J. F. & Kroon, C. H. M. (eds.). Leiden / Boston: Brill, p. 253-272 19 p. (Amsterdam Studies in Classical Philology; vol. 29).

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

Textual Strategies in Ancient War Narrative: Thermopylae, Cannae and beyond

van Gils, L. W. (ed.), de Jong, I. J. F. (ed.) & Kroon, C. H. M. (ed.), Nov 2018, Leiden / Boston: Brill. 400 p.

Research output: Book / ReportBook editingAcademic

Herodotus
Livy
Classical Studies
Historiography
Ancient History

Activities 2001 2019

  • 11 Lecture / Presentation
  • 3 PhD thesis examination
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

Citta e territorio nella penisola di Misenum

L.W. van Gils (Examiner)
2019

Activity: PhD thesis ExaminationPhD thesis examination

Nombres de Acción y otros derivados deverbativos en Latín

L.W. van Gils (Examiner)
2018

Activity: PhD thesis ExaminationPhD thesis examination

Credo iam ut solet iurgabit. Pragmatica della lite a Roma

L.W. van Gils (Examiner)
16 Jan 2017

Activity: PhD thesis ExaminationPhD thesis examination

Constructing two audiences in one speech: Cicero's Pro Caelio

L.W. van Gils (Speaker)
1 Apr 2003

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Visiting unknown external organisation

L.W. van Gils (Visiting researcher)
1 Jul 2003

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

Prizes

Press / Media

Innovation: new wine in old bottles? | Innovatie: nieuwe wijn in oude zakken?

L.W. van Gils & C.H.M. Kroon

16/09/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

De Romeinen bestuderen leert je iets over jezelf

L.W. van Gils & Bettina Reitz

2/07/18

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Ik heb een ideaal klasje

L.W. van Gils

6/11/17

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other