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Evert van Emde Boas


Associate professor, research programme director, DPhil

Primary affiliation

Evert van Emde Boas CV

Areas of expertise

  • achaic/classical Greek literature
  • historical & synchronic linguistics
  • cognitive & experimental approaches
  • Greek grammar

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Evert van Emde Boas (BA/MA Amsterdam; MSt/DPhil Oxford) specializes in the application of cognitive, linguistic, and narratological approaches to classical literature. His publications include Language and Character in Euripides’ Electra (Oxford UP 2017), Characterization in Ancient Greek Literature (Brill 2018), the Cambridge Grammar of Classical Greek (Cambridge UP 2019, as lead author), as well as numerous articles and chapters on archaic and classical Greek literature. He  was also part of a multi-year interdisciplinary project together with experimental psychologists, working on the psychology of fiction and dramatic spectatorship. Publications resulting from these collaborations have appeared in major psychology journals as well as general literary studies journals.

Before coming to Aarhus, Van Emde Boas worked at various universities in the Netherlands and at the University of Oxford.

Teaching activities

Van Emde Boas teaches broadly on topics within classical philology, including courses on Greek linguistics, Greek poetry, rhetoric and stylistics, ancient and modern literary theory, the cultural history of antiquity, and the philological commentary tradition. He has supervised many dissertations at BA and MA level (also a few PhDs), and is always excited to hear about ideas for more.


Van Emde Boas is part of various international research networks in the fields of modern linguistic approaches and cognitive approaches to classical texts. These include the Cognitive Classics network (cognitiveclassics.blogs.sas.ac.uk), Diegesis in Mind (diegesis-in-mind.com), the Historical Politeness Network for Ancient Languages (historicalpoliteness.net), and the DICES initiative (epicspeeches.net). For his interdisciplinary collaborations, see under ‘Research’ and the cv. 

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