Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Language, Literature and Humanities - Alexander von Humboldt Professorship

CV and publications

Ján Országh studied Classics (Latin and Greek philology) and Sanskrit at the Charles University, Prague. His M.A. thesis contains the first ever translation into Czech of the Hippocratic treatise On the Sacred Disease which is accompanied by an introductory essay and a commentary. It gained him Jan Palach Prize in 2013 for the best M.A. thesis defended at the Faculty of Arts. He earned his Ph.D. from Strasbourg University, France, in 2019. His doctoral thesis Recherches sur le vocabulaire grec de la traduction deals with the translation terminology in Ancient Greek. Alongside with his research project at the Humboldt University, he currently prepares the thesis for publication.
In addition to his research activities, Ján also taught Latin at two gymnasia in Prague in 2009-2011 and his sample lesson of Latin appeared on the DVD La via degli umanisti (2008).


Research interests

  • Greek medical literature: esp. Hippocrates and medical terminology
  • Early Greek scientific thinking: Ionian cosmology
  • Greek language: esp. lexicology, etymology and (diachronic) semantics
  • Philosophy of classical Yoga



2019 Ph.D. in Classics, Université de Strasbourg, France
Dissertation: Recherches sur le vocabulaire grec de la traduction
Supervisor: Prof. Laurent Pernot
2013 PhDr. (Rigorosum) in Ancient Greek language and literature, Charles University, Prague, Czechia
2013 B.A. in Indology (Sanskrit), Charles University, Prague, Czechia
2012 M.A. in Classics (summa cum laude), Charles University, Prague, Czechia


Grants and Awards

  • 09/2020 – 11/2020 Visiting researcher at RTG “Philosophy, Science and the Sciences”, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin
  • 03/2017 Research scholarship, Fondation Hardt, Genève
  • 10/2013 – 09/2016 Doctoral contract IDEX (“Initiatives d’excellence”), Université de Strasbourg
  • 04/2013 Jan Palach Prize (for M.A. thesis), Charles University, Prague
  • 08/2011 – 12/2012 co-investigator in the grant “Corpus Hippocraticum in the Light of Modern Human Sciences”, Czech Science Foundation, Prague
  • 06/2011 Research student grant “Yoga and God”, Charles University Science Foundation, Prague
  • 09/2007 – 09/2008 Publication grant “Horatii Carmina”, Edizioni Accademia Vivarium novum, Montella
  • 10/2006 – 07/2007 Research student grant “Thucydides and History as Tragic Education”, Istituto italiano per gli studi filosofici, Naples
  • 10/2005 – 05/2006 Scholarship for study stay at Accademia Vivarium novum, Montella
  • 07/2005 JACT scholarship: Greek summer school, Bryanston



Book chapters

“O svaté nemoci“, in : Bartoš, Hynek – Fischerová, Sylva (eds.), Hippokratés: Vybrané spisy II, Praha: Oikoymenh, 2018, 195-301 (in Czech) [Hippocratic Treatise On the Sacred Disease: Translation, Commentary and Introductory Essay]

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • “The Etymology of ἑρμηνεύς”, in: Glotta [submitted]
  • “Jóga a Bůh: k otázce Íšvary v Pataňdžaliho józe“, in: Nový Orient 70/4, 2012, 35-39. (in Czech) [Yoga and God: On the Īśvara Doctrine in the Yogasūtras of Patañjali]

Review Articles

  • Harris, W. V. (ed.), Mental Disorders in the Classical World, Leiden – Boston: Brill, 2013, in: Eirene. Studia Graeca et Latina 55, 2019, 365-374 (in English)
  • “L’eikos dans la pensée grecque“, review article of Piazza, F. - Di Piazza, S. (eds.), Verità verosimili. L’eikos nel pensiero greco, Milano-Udine: Mimesis Edizioni, 2012, in: Revue des études anciennes, 2017, on-line: (in French)
  • Charvát, Petr, Zrození státu. Prvotní civilizace Starého světa (The Birth of the State: Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, India and China), Praha: Karolinum, 2011, in: Marginalia historica 4, 1/2013, 109-134 (in Czech)

Bibliographical Notices

Stenuit, Bernard (ed.), Bibliographie analytique de la prière grecque et romaine. Deuxième supplément. Années 2009-2013, Turnhout: Brepols, 2016 (5 notices in French)

Published Translations

Fischer, Josef L., Výbor z díla II, Olomouc: Univerzita Palackého, 2010, 565-572, 578-583, 591-597, 621-626, 653-675, 690-692 (from French and German into Czech)

Selected Conference Papers

“The Etymology of ἑρμηνεύς: An Old Enigma Resolved?“, International Colloquium on Ancient Greek Linguistics, Helsinki, August 30, 2018
“Remarques sur le vocabulaire grec de la traduction“, Metageitnia, Bern, January 20, 2017