Dr. C.H. (Christoph) Pieper

  • Lecturer
  • Researcher
  • Classical languages and culture

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2673
E-Mail: c.pieper@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Centre for the Arts in Society, Latijnse T&C
Office Address: Johan Huizingagebouw
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.08a
Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2673
E-Mail: c.h.pieper@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Centre for the Arts in Society, Latijnse T&C
Office Address: Johan Huizingagebouw
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.08a

Fields of interest

  • Latin oratory in the republic and its reception in imperial and later times
  • Ovid
  • Latin poetry of the Italian Renaissance
  • Classical tradition/Reception of antiquity in early modern times


Current research involves:

  • Cicero’s reception from antiquity onwards
  • Oratory in republican Rome
  • Ovid as a political poet
  • Macrobius’ Saturnalia
  • National Identities in early modern Europe (Konrad Peutinger)

Curriculum Vitae

  • * 1974 in Ibbenbüren (Germany)
  • 1996-2002 studying Latin, German and Italian literature and language in Bonn and Florence
  • 2002-2006 PhD scholarship of the “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes”
  • 2008 PhD (Latin) on the on the Florentine poet Cristoforo Landino and his elegiac collection 'Xandra' (Bonn University, supervisor Prof. Dr. Marc Laureys)
  • since October 2006 Assistant Professor (tenured) of Latin literature and language
  • 2009 nominee for the Teacher of the Year Award of Leiden University
  • 2010-2014 VENI scholarship for a research project on the reception of early Roman oratory
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the series “Bibliotheca Latinitatis Novae” (Leuven University Press)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of “Mnemosyne”
  • Co-organizer of the Penn-Leiden Colloquia on Ancient Values 2012 and 2016

Teaching activities

  • Introductory courses on Latin grammar, syntax and translation skills (BA1), Cicero/Rhetoric (BA1), Latin elegy (BA1), the history of the Latin language (BA2), the Latin literature of the Renaissance (BA2)
  • Research seminars on different literary and historic subjects from antiquity and the Renaissance (BA3 and MA, recently on “Ovid and Augustus”, “Cicero and Ciceronianism”, “Memory and Rhetoric”, “Educating the Prince”, Tacitus’ Dialogus de oratoribus, Boethius' Consolatio, Florentine Literary Culture in the 15th century, Thomas More’s Utopia).
  • Additional teaching activities (Latin prose composition, Medieval Latin)
  • Co-organizer of a course on the reception of classical texts and in music, dance and film.
  • Co-organizer of two Studium generale series (on Constantine and Augustus).
  • Director of the Classics students’ theatre group in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2016.


Key publications:

  • Elegos redolere Vergiliosque sapere. Cristoforo Landinos 'Xandra' zwischen Liebe und Gesellschaft. Hildesheim : Olms 2008. [reviewed in: Mittellateinisches Jahrbuch 44 (2009) 178-81 (F.-R. Hausmann); BMCR 2009.07.48 (J. De Keyser); Renaissance Quarterly 62 (2009) 863-4 (C. Kallendorf); Wolfenbütteler Renaissance Mitteilungen 31 (2007, published 2009) 162-5 (N. Thurn); International Journal of the Classical Tradition 18 (2011) 669-75 (J.A. Nassichuk); IASLonline 04.08.12 (W. Kofler)]
  • (ed. with Karl Enenkel and Marc Laureys), Discourses of Power. Ideology and Politics in Neo-Latin Literature. Hildesheim : Olms 2012. [reviewed in: Neo-Latin News 61 (2013) 65-67 (C. Kallendorf)]
  • (ed. with James Ker), Valuing the Past in the Greco-Roman World. Proceedings from the Penn-Leiden Colloquia on Ancient Values VII. Leiden – Boston : Brill 2014.
  • (ed. with Karl Enenkel and Tobias Leuker), Iohannes de Certaldo. Beiträge zu Boccaccios lateinischen Werken und ihrer Wirkung. Hildesheim : Olms 2015.
Several articles on Phaedrus, Ovid, Cicero, and Renaissance literature. 
Reviews for Classical Review, Mnemosyne, Anzeiger für die Altertumswissenschaft, Neulateinisches Jahrbuch, Medievalia et Humanistica, Mittellateinisches Jahrbuch, Neo-Latin News and Quaerendo.

Last Modified: 10-12-2015