Prof. dr. Ineke Sluiter

Professor of Greek Language and Literature, Leiden University, 15 PhDs supervised (4 cum laudes).

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Academic appointments:

  • Academic director of OIKOS, National Research School in Classical Studies in the Netherlands (2000-2011)
  • Board member of OIKOS (2011-) and chair of Educational Board of OIKOS (2011-2016)
  • Board member of Humanities Board of NWO (2007-2011) and chair of Humanities Board from 2009
  • Member of Supervisory Board Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (National Museum of Antiquities), Leiden (2012-)
  • Member of research committee of American Philological Association (2010-2014)
  • Member of Standing Committee for the Humanities European Science Foundation (2009-2012)
  • Chair (with Caroline Kroon) of the national exploratory committee for the Classics (2008-2010)
  • Vicepresident and president elect of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW) (2018-)


  • Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy (2017)
  • Guest professor Uppsala University (2017)
  • Main applicant Research agenda ‘Anchoring Innovation’ (18.8 million) (2017)
  • Prize for Academy Professors KNAW (1 million) (2016)
  • Member of Academia Europaea (2013)
  • Member of KNAW (2012)
  • Spinoza award (2.5 million) (2010)
  • Nellie Wallace Lecturer Oxford (2009-10)
  • Member of Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (2001)
  • Teaching prize (Lecturer of the year) Leiden University (2001)
  • Research Fellow Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (1996-7)
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant (1996-7)
  • Fellow Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies (Washington DC) (1994-5)
  • Prins Bernhard Fonds prize (1993)
  • Praemium Erasmianum (1990)

Fields of interest and expertise:

  • ancient and medieval ideas on language
  • freedom of speech
  • ancient values
  • connection between classics and the modern world
  • P.I. of the OIKOS Research Agenda ‘Anchoring Innovation’

Relevant publications:


Ineke Sluiter, ‘Anchoring Innovation: a Classical Research Agenda’, European Review 25.1, 20-38.

Jeremy McInerney and Ineke Sluiter (eds.), Valuing Landscape in  Classical Antiquity: natural environment and cultural imagination. Leiden: Brill, 2016 (495pp.)

Ineke Sluiter, ‘Obscurity’, in: A. Grafton and G. Most (eds.), Canonical Texts and Scholarly Practices: A Global Comparative Approach. Cambridge, CUP 2016, 34-51.

Ineke Sluiter, ‘Ancient Etymology: a tool for thinking’, in: Montanari, F., S. Matthaios & A. Rengakos (eds.), Brill’s Companion to Ancient Scholarship. Leiden, 2015, 896-922.

Max J. van Duijn, Ineke Sluiter, and Arie Verhagen, ‘When narrative takes over. The representation of embedded mindstates in Shakespeare’s OthelloLanguage and Literature 24 (2015), 148-166.

Ineke Sluiter, ‘Fish similes and converging story lines in the Odyssey’, Classical Quarterly 64.2 (2014), 821-824.

Ineke Sluiter, ‘Deliberation, free speech, and the marketplace of ideas’, in: T. van Haaften, H. Jansen, J. de Jong, W. Koetsenruijter (eds.), Bending Opinion. Essays on Persuasion in the Public Domain. (Rhetoric in Society). Leiden, 2011, 25-47.

Copeland, Rita, and Ineke Sluiter (eds.), Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric: Language Arts and Literary Theory, 300 AD to 1475. Oxford: OUP, 992 pp.



Socrates. Elementaire deeltjes 3. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press,2014.

Woordenboek Grieks-Nederlands (in progress, open access):

Hoorcolleges op cd of via streaming (Home Academy): Het nieuwe van de oudheid: Een hoorcollege over de klassieken in onze moderne maatschappij (2013); Meer klassiekste klassiekers:Een serie van vier hoorcolleges over literatuur in oorlogstijd (2009); Op zoek naar Socrates (2007); De Klassiekste Klassiekers (over Ilias, Odyssee, Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, en Sophocles’ Koning Oedipus 2006.