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

CV and publications

Short Curriculum Vitae

Han Lamers (*1984) is Researcher at the Humboldt University in Berlin and at the University of Leuven (Belgium). He studied Classics and Literature at Leiden University, Art History at the University of Leuven, and holds a PhD (2013) from Leiden University. He is the author of Greece Reinvented: Transformations of Byzantine Hellenism in Renaissance Italy (Brill: 2015) and, together with Bettina Reitz-Joosse, The Codex Fori Mussolini: A Latin Text of Italian Fascism (Bloomsbury: 2016).

He is widely interested in the history of the classical tradition and in the ways in which the reception of ancient ‘Greece’ and ‘Rome’ by later cultures has been studied. At the Humboldt University, he heads the research group ‘A Fresh Look Backwards: Scholarly Forgetting in the History of the Humanities’, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation (2016–17). In 2015, he was awarded a research grant of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) for a project dealing with the history of the study of the classical tradition and sitting at the crossroads of Classics, Art History, and the History of Ideas (University of Leuven).

Previously, Han Lamers held research fellowships at the University of Leiden, the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome, and Ghent University.

In addition to doing research, he taught classes and courses in the fields of Classics and classical reception, Renaissance literature and history, and the history of Classics and Art History (at BA-, MA-, and PhD-level).


Publications (selection)






  • “The Imperial Diadem of Greece: Giovanni Gemisto’s Strategic Representation of ‘Graecia’ (1516).” In Discourses of Power: Ideology and Politics in Neo-Latin Literature, edited by Karl Enenkel, Marc Laureys, and Christoph Pieper, 65-94. Hildesheim: Olms.
  • “A Byzantine Poet in Italian Exile: Manilius Cabacius Rallus’ Self-Presentation in the Context of Leo X’s Philhellenism.” In Acta Conventus Neo-Latini Upsaliensis: Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Congress of Neo-Latin Studies (Uppsala, 2009), edited by Astrid Steiner-Weber, 593-604. Leiden: Brill.
  • With Toon Van Hal. “Oude taal, nieuwe taalkunde. Een kennismaking met de tekstorganiserende functie van woordvolgorde en aspect in het Grieks.Kleio 43 (3): 98-116.


  • “Marullo’s Imitations of Catullus in the Context of his Poetical Criticism.” In The Neo-Latin Epigram: A Learned and Witty Genre, edited by Susanna de Beer, Karl Enenkel, and David Rijser, 191-213. Leuven: Leuven University Press.


  • With Adriaan M. Rademaker. “Talking about Myself: A Pragmatic Approach to the Use of Aspect Forms in Lysias 12.4-19.” Classical Quarterly 57 (2): 458-476.

Han Lamers contributed to Johann Ramminger’s Neulateinische Wortliste. Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700 (dicatura, -ae, f.; pernoctator, -is, m.; spumigenus, -a, -um). He wrote book reviews for Renaissance Quarterly, The Classical Review, IKON: Journal of Iconographic Studies, Byzantion, De Zeventiende Eeuw, and De Gulden Passer. He also was guest editor of The European Review of History and is currently guest editor of The International Journal of the Classical Tradition.


Papers presented at international venues (selection)

  • “Janus Lascaris’ Hellenizing Etymologies and the Renaissance ‘Reception’ of Ancient Aeolism.” Conference on Making and Rethinking the Renaissance between Greek and Latin in 15th-16th-Century Europe. Oxford University, 14–15 June 2016.
  • “Latinizing Mussolini’s Message: Nicola Festa’s Latin Translation of the ‘Imperial Orations’ (1936/7).” Conference on Technical Translation; Translation Technique. Princeton University, 2–4 December, 2015.
  • With Bettina Reitz-Joosse. “Past and Future under a Fascist Obelisk: Aurelio Amatucci’s Codex fori Mussolini.” Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies. Innsbruck, 28 October, 2015..
  • Voce e eco ad un tempo. The Latin Literature of Italian Fascism.” Research Seminar Methods and Interpretation in Classics. University of Ghent, April 30, 2015.
  • “Hostile Land? Greek Visions of the Greek World, 1453–1650.” The Sixty-First Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America. Berlin, 26–28 March, 2015.
  • “Hellenism in the Italian Renaissance: A Struggle over Cultural Ownership and its Modern Reception”. Constructing Hellenism in Classical Islam and Renaissance Europe: Transfer, Appropriation, and Transformation. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 21-22 November, 2014.
  • “Das frühneuzeitliche Griechenlandbild der Humanisten unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des Lazius.” Wolfgang Lazius (1514-1565). Tagung zum 500. Geburtstag. Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Vienna, 30-31 October, 2014.
  • “The Circulation of Lexical Knowledge in the Neo-Latin World.” Language and Learning: The History of Linguistics in the Context of Education, Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the Studienkreis Geschichte der Sprachwissenschaft (SGdS). Leiden, 5-6 June, 2014.
  • “A Cultural Encounter Revised: Greeks and Latins in Renaissance Italy.” Royal Netherlands Institute at Rome (KNIR). Rome, 21 October, 2013.
  • “The Greeks of the West. The Transformation of Hellenism in the Italian Diaspora.” An Immortal Debate: Philosophy and Ideology between Late Byzantium and Modern Greece. King’s College. London, 9 June, 2012.
  • “The Greek Origin of Latin: A new argument (15th c.) for an old claim (ca. 2nd c. BCE) and Byzantine etymological thought.” Annual Meeting of the North American Association for the History of the Language Sciences. Boston, MA, 3-6 January, 2013.
  • “Where Was Greek Antiquity? Nikolaus Gerbel and Wolfgang Laz on the Place of Ancient Greece.” Fifty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America. Washington D.C., 22-24 March, 2012.
  • “Exiled Hellenes and Humanist Exiles.” Fifty-Seventh Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America. Montréal, 24-27 April, 2012.
  • “Saved by the Dead. Cultural Debt and Superiority in the Oratio habita in gymnasio Florentino of Ianus Lascaris (1494).” Fifty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America. Venice, 8-10 April, 2010.
  • “A Byzantine Poet in Italian Exile. Manilius Cabacius Rallus’ Self-Presentation in the Context of Leo X’s Philhellenism.” The Fourteenth International Congress of the International Association for Neo-Latin Studies. Uppsala, 2-9 August, 2009.
  • “Marullo’s Imitations of Catullus in the Context of his Poetical Criticism.” International Conference The Neo-Latin Epigram: Towards the Definition of a Genre. Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome. Rome, 11-15 April, 2006.


Scholarships, Grants, and Awards (selection)

2016 Q-Team Teaching Grant of the bologna.lab (Humboldt University / Federal Ministry of Education and Research)

2015 Research Grant of the Volkswagen Foundation (New Options for the Humanities and Cultural Studies, Funding Line 2: “Constellations”) (18 months)

2015 Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) (36 months)

2014 Van Woudenberg Dissertation Prize (Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome)

2014 Marie Curie Fellowship (Pegasus Project, European Union) (12 months)

2013 Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Berlin Centre for the History of Knowledge (36 months)

2013 Erasmus Mobility Teaching Grant (Freie Universität in Berlin)

2008 “Toptalent” Doctoral Fellowship (Dutch Research Council, NWO)

2008 Leiden University Thesis Prize (all faculties)