Niek Janssen, ‘14

Niek Janssen is preparing a dissertation on the intersection between Greco-Roman literary parody and ancient conceptions of decorum.

Before coming to Yale, Niek completed a BA degree in Classics and an MA degree in Literary Studies and Classics (both summa cum laude) at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. His current work centers around parody, satire, humor, and invective, both as themes in Greek and Latin poetry and drama and as reading strategies in contemporary scholarship. He is also interested in questions of canon formation and ancient and modern conceptions of genre. Other projects are concerned with the emotions in Persius, disease in Augustan literature, and ancient receptions of the Vergilian Juno. Furthermore, Niek is passionate about making the products of classical scholarship available to a wider audience.

Publications and Talks

Freudenburg, K., and N. Janssen. (Forthcoming 2017) “Horace, Satires.” Oxford Bibliographies (

Janssen, N. (2015) Review of: Lucia Floridi (2014) Lucillio, Epigrammi: Introduzione, testo critco, traduzione e commento. BMCR 2015.05.03 (

Janssen, N. (2015) “A Gemstone of Many Complexions: Hermeticism and the Rhetoric of Accumulation in the Orphic Lithica.” Mnemosyne 68, no. 6: 956-74.

Janssen, N. (2013) “Orpheus and the Willing Suspension of Disbelief.” Talk deliverd at TEDxRadboudU, May 23, 2013 (

Janssen, N. (2013) “Absona Musis: Giovanni Pascoli’s Ecloga XI sive Ovis Peculiaris as an Apology.’ Humanistica Lovaniensia 62: 579–95.