After finishing grammar school (“Gymnasium”, highest distinction) in Breda, the Netherlands, I took a BA in Classics at the University of Leiden and graduated in 2013 (highest distinction). In 2015 I finished a Research Master in Classics (highest distinction) with a thesis on emotional involvement in Homer’s Iliad as well as a Master in Comparative Indo-European linguistics with a thesis on the historical development of dental clusters in Latin. Before joining the Institut für klasissche Philologie at the HU, I taught Latin and Ancient Greek at a Dutch grammar school.


  • Jan. 2013 – Sept. 2015 Research Master Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Classics, Leiden University (cum laude)

Thesis: Is he dead yet? Can I look now? A study of immersion in three crucial death scenes in Homer’s Iliad.

  • Sept. 2013 – Oct. 2015 Master Linguistics: Comparative Indo-European Linguistics, Leiden University

Thesis: The development of the PIE cluster *‑zdh‑ in Latin: a review of the etymologies of Latin aestās, –us, custōs, hasta, vāstus; cēdō, crēdō, and audiō.

  • Sept. 2010 – Jan. 2013 Bachelor Griekse en Latijnse Taal en Cultuur, Leiden University (cum laude)

Thesis: Overgeërfde overgeërfde schuld: een erfenis uit het Nabije Oosten én de Indo-Europese steppen? [Inherited Inherited Guilt: an inheritance from both the Near East and the Indo-European steppes?].

  • Sept. 2009 – Aug. 2010 Propedeuse Vergelijkende Indo-Europese Taalwetenschap, Leiden University.


  • 2003 – 2009 Gymnasium [grammar school], Mencia de Mendoza Lyceum, Breda (cum laude)
    Profile: Culture and Society (Ancient Greek, Art and History of Art, Dutch, English, French, German, History, Latin, Mathematics).



“Forgotten Connections: Implicit and Explicit Uses of Classical Scholarship in the Comparisons of Sir William Jones’s On the Gods of Greece, Italy, and India (1784)” Myrtia Vol. 2018.

“Silent witnesses Cases of audience immersion in Sarpedon’s and Patroclus’ death scenes of Iliad 16” EisodosZeitschrift für Literatur und Theorie 2018 (2).


Blog Posts


    April 2016 – December 2017 Pre-doctoral ‘Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter’ (0.7): Institut für Klassische Philologie, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, in the project “A Fresh Look Backwards: Scholarly Forgetting in the History of the Humanities” led by Dr. Han Lamers and funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.

    At the HU, I worked as a predoctoral researcher (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) in the project “A Fresh Look Backwards: Scholarly Forgetting in the History of the Humanities”. This project sought both to develop convenient conceptual tools to map these processes and to collect source materials for illustrative case studies, in order to explore processes of forgetting in the history of humanities scholarship.

    In this context, I helped drafting a conceptual framework, which will enable us to think about the notion of forgetting in the history of the humanities more systematically. I focussed additionally on the intersection of Classics and Indo-European Studies. More specifically, I was interested in the Classical Tradition as a point of reference for (early) scholars of Indology and Indo-European studies, and how it co-shaped, for instance, views on Sanskrit around the turn of the 19th century.


    Winter 2016-2017 Q-Team teaching grant Bologna.lab “Scholarly Forgetting” with Dr. Han Lamers.

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