Saturday 18 June 2016


This week we would like to make you aware of a fully-funded, 4 year PhD Fellowship in Greek / Byzantine Studies (Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams) which is offered by the University of Ghent. Please note that the deadline for applications is the 7th of July 2016. You may read the full job description below:

Within the framework of "Poetry from the Margins: Literary, linguistic, philological and cultural-historical analysis of a new corpus of Byzantine book epigrams (800-1453)", a research project closely connected with the Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams, the Greek Section of the Department of Literary Studies at Ghent University (Belgium) is seeking well-qualified applicants for a fully-funded and full-time doctoral research fellowship (four years). The successful applicant will be part of an international team of pre- and postdoctoral scholars and is expected to work on the literary analysis and/or editing of selected book epigrams (metrical paratexts in Byzantine manuscripts). (S)he will be supervised by project director Professor Kristoffel Demoen and start employment between 1 October 2016 and 1 January 2017.

Envisaged profile

The successful candidate will have

  • an MA degree in Classical Studies (with an emphasis on Greek) or Byzantine Studies;
  • excellent knowledge of ancient Greek;
  • good notions of medieval Greek (at the least);
  • very good grades (including BA and MA dissertations of high quality);
  • good knowledge of ancient and medieval Greek literary history;
  • an interest in literary and/or cultural history, as evidenced by her/his study trajectory (e.g. optional courses, subject of papers and dissertations, etc.);
  • the willingness to attend training courses in Greek paleography, codicology, textual criticism and/or book history (if these skills have not been acquired previously).

In order to be eligible, candidates must have obtained their MA degree at the time of application or demonstrate convincingly that they will have their degree in hand by 1 October 2016.

We offer

  • a four-year contract of full-time employment as a PhD student, continuation being subject to positive evaluation after one year;
  • a competitive salary in accordance with the salary scales for PhD students as established by the Flemish government (c. €1,900 net monthly);
  • a substantial allowance for travel and other research purposes in addition to this salary;
  • office space at the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, full membership of both the Department of Literary Studies and theDatabase of Byzantine Book Epigrams research team, and a solid and engaging academic working environment with a strong international profile;
  • the possibility to acquire transferable skills as part of a Doctoral School programme.

The Poetry from the Margins project resonates with the interests of a number of other scholars at Ghent University and the successful candidate will be able to interact with them as well as with students affiliated with various departments and research institutes at the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, such as said Department of Literary Studies, the Department of Linguistics, the Department of History, the Ghent Institute for Classical Studies, and the Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies.

We expect that the successful applicant

  • will write and successfully defend a PhD dissertation within the four years of the fellowship;
  • will contribute to the strong research tradition of the Department and the University by pursuing excellence in her/his research and publishing her/his results in peer-reviewed journals and with academic publishers that are internationally accepted as being of the highest quality;
  • will come and live in Belgium, work closely together with the other team members, and contribute to a pleasant and stimulating atmosphere;
  • will actively contribute to the scholarly activities of the research group (e.g. by organising events in collaboration with the other members of the team).

How to apply?

(a) Applications should include

  • a brief autobiographical statement (no more than one page) highlighting why the applicant is interested in this project and what added value (s)he expects to bring;
  • a full curriculum vitae (including accurate information on obtained grades);
  • relevant writing samples such as papers, a BA or MA dissertation.

and should be sent to

(b) In addition, we kindly ask candidates to arrange for two letters of reference to be sent directly by the referees


Applications (both a and b) should arrive no later than 7 July 2016.

Candidates will get a notification of the outcome of their application within a week after this date. Up to three candidates will be shortlisted. They will be asked to write a concise research proposal and will be invited for a job interview (either in Ghent or through videoconference) in August.

Please direct any queries to A summary of the overall project is available upon request.

Ghent University offers professional support for those applying to the many funding schemes at local, regional and European levels.

Ghent is an attractive medieval city, with a strong economic base and lively cultural scene. Just thirty minutes by train from Brussels, two hours from Paris and Amsterdam and two and a half hours from London, it is ideally situated at the heart of European intellectual life.


We would like to make you aware of the exhibition entitled “Nero ‒ Emperor, Artist and Tyrant”, which will run until the 16th of October in Trier, Germany. It attempts to convey a both vivid and accurate impression of Nero’s life as one of the most notorious emperors of Roman history: “It was especially his last years in power that have formed the “modern” image of Nero as a tyrant, persecutor of Christians, arsonist and that of a Roman emperor whose megalomania and cruelty knew no boundaries. This firmly fixed image rose primarily from the writings of ancient authors such as Tacitus, Suetonius and Cassius Dio, members of the Senatorial aristocracy, whose way of thinking Nero was ignorant of. This perception, however, is one-sided and contains numerous clich├ęs which, at a closer look, cannot be confirmed. In recent years, research has gained many new and surprising insights into Nero. The exhibition follows the aim of employing the latest scholarly findings and by means of available sources from archaeology, epigraphy, numismatics as well as ancient literature to view Nero in a new light.”

The exhibition takes place at three different venues that are within walking distance of each other: “In the Rheinisches Landesmuseum, visitors will be able to view more than 400 exhibits from renowned lenders from 16 countries and over 80 museums and institutions. Based on the latest research results in archaeology and studies in ancient history, a unique exhibition, never seen before in Germany, has been planned concerning Nero as emperor, artist and tyrant. The Museum am Dom will address the development of early Christianity and the first Christian persecutions under Emperor Nero with the title “Nero and the Christians”. The Stadtmuseum Simeonstift will devote its exhibition to the fascinating reception history surrounding Nero’s person from the Middle Ages to the present, with the title “Lust and Crime. Nero – The Myth in Art”.

“The Roman Emperor Augustus founded Augusta Treverorumin 17 BC. Thus Trier is the oldest city in Germany and was of enormous importance in Late Antiquity as an imperial residence of the Western Roman Empire. World-renowned archaeological remains testify to the city’s preeminence.”

For more information on the exhibition, please follow the link.