Baukje van den Berg

Director of the 2YMA Program
Assistant Professor

Contact information

Vienna, Quellenstrasse 51
+43 125 230 2040

Baukje van den Berg (PhD 2016, University of Amsterdam) is a Byzantinist with a background in Classics. Her research focuses on Byzantine scholarship, Byzantine education and the role of ancient literature in Byzantine culture. 

Prior to coming to CEU, Baukje was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Silesia in Katowice (2017) and the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2018–2019). In 2020 she was a Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. 

Key publications 


2022. Homer the Rhetorician: Eustathios of Thessalonike on the Composition of the Iliad. Oxford: Oxford University Press, in press.

In preparation: John Tzetzes on Ancient Poetry 

Edited volumes 

 J.J.H. Klooster and B. van den Berg eds. 2018. Homer and the Good Ruler in Antiquity and Beyond. Leiden/Boston: Brill. 

B. van den Berg, D. Manolova, and P. Marciniak eds. 2022. Byzantine Commentaries on Ancient Greek Texts, 12th–15th Centuries. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, in press. 

B. van den Berg and N. Zagklas eds. Byzantine Poetry in the ‘Long’ Twelfth Century [in preparation]. 

Articles and anthology contributions (selection)

2017. The Wise Homer and His Erudite Commentator: Eustathios’ Imagery in the Proem of the Parekbolai on the Iliad. Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies 41.1: 30–44. 

2017. Eustathios on Homer’s Narrative Art: The Homeric Gods and the Plot of the Iliad. In Reading Eustathios of Thessalonike. Trends in Classics Supplementary Volumes 46. Ed. F. Pontani, V. Katsaros, and V. Sarris, 129–148. Berlin / Boston: De Gruyter.

2017. ‘The Excellent Man Lies Sometimes’: Eustathios of Thessalonike on Good Hypocrisy, Praiseworthy Falsehood, and Rhetorical Plausibility in Ancient Poetry. Scandinavian Journal of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies 3: 15–35.

2018. Homer and the Good Ruler in the ‘Age of Rhetoric’: Eustathios of Thessalonike on Excellent Oratory. In Homer and the Good Ruler in Antiquity and Beyond. Ed. J.J.H. Klooster and B. van den Berg, 219–238. Leiden/Boston: Brill. 

2020. John Tzetzes as Didactic Poet and Learned Grammarian. Dumbarton Oaks Papers 74: 285–302. 

2021. Playwright, Satirist, Atticist: The Reception of Aristophanes in Twelfth-Century Byzantium. In Satire in the Middle Byzantine Period: The Golden Age of Laughter? Ed. P.T. Marciniak and I. Nilsson, 227–253. Leiden/Boston: Brill. 

2021. Eustathios’ Homeric Commentaries: Translating Homer and Spoliating Ancient Traditions. In Spoliation as Translation: Medieval Worlds in the Eastern Mediterranean. Convivium Supplementum. Ed. I. Jevtić and I. Nilsson, 116–131. 

2022 [in press]. Eustathios of Thessalonike on Comedy and Ridicule in Homeric Poetry. In Byzantine Commentaries on Ancient Greek Texts, 12th15th Centuries. Ed. B. van den Berg, D. Manolova, and P.T. Marciniak. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Recent courses 

Byzantine Secular Literature (330–1453): Between Tradition and Innovation

Women in Byzantine Literature 

Men of Letters: Selected Readings from Byzantine Epistolography [Advanced Medieval Greek Reading Seminar]

Students and Scholars in Byzantium: Education and Erudition in the Medieval World 

Historiography II: Grand Debates in Mediterranean History 

MA Thesis Seminar 

PhD Supervision 

2019–     Juan Bautista Juan López, ‘Shipwrecked Philosophy: Manuel Gabalas’s Allegorical Readings of Odysseus’s Wanderings’

2021–     Anja Božič, ‘Praising Saints and Praising Eloquence: Humanist Public Oratory in Honor of St. Jerome’ (with Cristian Gașpar)

2021–     Chiara Fabrici, ‘A Neglected Attempt at Rewriting the History of the Churches: The Unheard Voice of George Metochites’


MA in Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies, University of Groningen, 2011
Educational MA in Humanities (specialization in Latin and Ancient Greek), Leiden University, 2012
PhD in Classics, University of Amsterdam, 2016