Homepage Jan Willem Drijvers
Dr. Jan Willem Drijvers
Dept. of History
Faculty of Arts
University of Groningen
P.O. Box 716
9700 AS Groningen, The Netherlands
I am Associate Professor in Ancient History at the Department of
History of the University of Groningen and teach Greek and Roman cultural and political history.
My research interest focuses on Late Antiquity. I have a special interest in the political culture of the Later Roman Empire,
in particular culture en ideology of imperial leadership, and image and perception of the late-Roman emperor.
I have worked on processes of Christianisation, the association between church and state and the relationship between the Later Roman Empire and the Sassanid Empire. Apart from my work on late Roman historiography - in particular Ammianus Marcellinus' Res Gestae - I have a special interest in historical fictituous texts such as the narrative of the discovery of the Cross and the so-called Julian Romance about the emperor Julian (361-363). I have also worked on ancient geography.
My research projects are carried out in the framework of the Impact of Empire research group of the National Research School OIKOS in Classical Studies, and in Groningen in the framework of The Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture, and
CRASIS - an interdisciplinary research group on Classics, Ancient History and Religious Studies, as well as in the Groningen ancient history
project Political Culture, Religion and Identities.
- Since 1991 I am a member of what by some is called the Quadriga Batavorum, the team of Dutch scholars writing philological and historical commentaries on the Res Gestae of Ammianus Marcellinus (2nd half of the 4th century). The other members are
Jan den Boeft (Professor Emeritus of Latin, Free University of Amsterdam), Daan den Hengst (Professor Emeritus of Latin, University of Amsterdam) and Hans Teitler
(senior lecturer in Ancient History [retired], University of Utrecht.
These commentaries were originally started in the 1930s by the Dutch
scholar dr. P. de Jonge and were in the 1980s continued by the above-mentioned.
Commentaries up-to-and-including Book 28 have been published thusfar (Publisher: Forsten,
Groningen; as from Bk. 24: Brill, Leiden). The commentary on Book 29 is scheduled for publication in 2013.
Together with David Hunt I have edited
The Late Roman World and its Historian. Interpreting Ammianus Marcellinus, London/New York (Routledge) 1999.
and together with Den Boeft, Den Hengst and Teitler I edited a volume of Ammianean studies
entitled Ammianus after Julian. The Reign of Valentinian and Valens in Books 26-31 of the Res Gestae, Mnemosyne Supplementa 289 (Leiden 2007).
See for more information my Ammianus Marcellinus website.
- I am still very much interested in the topic of Helena Augusta and the narratives of the inventio crucis on which I originally wrote my PhD thesis (in Dutch) of which a revised English edition was published by Brill, Leiden. Occasionally I still
publish on this subject.
- As a member of a group of scholars of the University of Groningen that prepared
a new edition
of Strabo's Geography, I have been involved in writing a historical commentary
on this geographical work.
- A few years ago I wrote a study on Cyril, bishop of Jerusalem (350-387), entitled
Cyril of Jerusalem: Bishop and City, published in 2004 by Brill (Leiden)
in the Supplements of Vigiliae Christianae, vol. 72.
As a sideline I have developed an interest in the Dutch painter and traveller
Bruijn (c.1652-c.1727), who visited inter alia the Near East, Russia and the former Dutch Indies. In his travel
books De Bruijn published some magnificent drawings of the remains of ancient
cities and monuments.
For a complete list of publications
click here. See also my Academia.edu webpage.
Websites of interest:
Last updated: 11 January 2012