Dr. M. (Marlein) van Raalte

  • Lecturer
  • Classical languages and culture
  • Greek language and culture

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2676
E-Mail: m.van.raalte@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Centre for the Arts in Society, Griekse T&C
Office Address: Johan Huizingagebouw
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.13

Fields of interest

Greek metre 
Greek philosophical texts 
Greek science


(a collection of the testimonia with an English translation; in collaboration with Professor Noburu Notomi (Tokyo), Drs Tazuko van Berkel and Dr Adriaan Rademaker (Leiden), and other members of the National Protagoras Society)

Curriculum Vitae

PhD in Classics at Leiden University 1986 (Dissertation on Greek Stichic Verse, part of the project that was rounded off with the publication of C.M.J. Sicking, Griechische Verslehre. Handbuch der Altertumswissenschaft, München (Beck) 1993).
Currently lecturer in Greek Language and Literature at Leiden University.

Teaching activities

Teaching includes courses on Plato (Gorgias, Laws), Aristotle (ethical terminology), Hesiod and Greek elegy, Ps.-Xenophon Athênaiôn politeia, Greek metre.


Rhythm and Metre. Towards a Systematic Description of Greek Stichic Verse. Assen (van Gorcum), 1986

“The Idea of the Cosmos as an Organic Whole in Theophrastus’ Metaphysics”, in W.W. Fortenbaugh & R.W. Sharples (eds.) Theophrastean Studies on Natural Science, Physics and Metaphysics, Ethics, Religion and Rhetoric, New Brunswick (Transaction, Rutgers University Studies in Classical Humanities 3) 1988, 189–215

“Greek Elegiac Verse Rhythm”, Glotta 66 (1988) 145­–78

Theophrastus Metaphysics. With an Introduction, Translation and Commentary.  Leiden (Brill, Mnemosyne Suppl. 125) 1993

“God and the Nature of the World. The ‘Theological Excursus’ in Theophrastus’ Meteorology.” Mnemosyne IV.56 (2003) 306–42

“Socratic Parrhêsia and its Afterlife in Plato’s Laws”, in: I. Sluiter  & R.M. Rosen (eds.), Free Speech in Classical Antiquity,  Leiden (Brill) 2004, 279–312

“More philosophico: Political Virtue and Philosophy in Plutarch’s Lives.”, in: L. de Blois (e.a., eds.), The Statesman in Plutarch’s Greek and Roman Lives, Leiden (Brill) Vol. II,  2005 (= Proceedings of the International Plutarch Society), 75–112

“The Nature of Fire and Its Complications: Theophrastus' De Igne 1-10”, in BICS 53 (2010) 47-97

in the press:

“Theophrastus on Differences: Sense-Perception and the Search for Causes”, in: A. Jaulin & D. Lefebvre (éd.), La question des principes dans la Métaphysique de Théophraste: enjeux, méthode et statut,  Leuven (Peeters) (= Actes du Colloque International organisé par l’École Normale Supérieure et l’Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne)

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