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dr. mr. RJ Allan

Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Art and Culture, History, Antiquity

Associate Professor, CLUE+

Personal information

I studied Classics at the University of Amsterdam and Comparative Linguistics at Leiden University. I also obtained a Master's degree in law. Since my PhD at the University of Amsterdam in 2002, I have been teaching Ancient Greek language and literature at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. I am particularly interested in linguistics, stylistics and narratologyc, cognitive theory, Functional Discourse Grammar. More specific research topics are verbal semantics (tense, aspect, mood, voice), historical linguistics (grammaticalisation), discourse analysis  (particles, word order, text types, intonation units, colometry), and the linguistic and narratological aspects of Ancient Greek literature (orality, embodiment, focalisation, immersion, metalepsis).

I am the programme director of the BA Archaeology, BA Ancient Studies, BA Classics, MA Archaeology, MA Classics and Ancient Studies, and RMA Classics and Ancient Civilizations.


Further academic activities and affiliations

  • Coordinator research group Language of Literature (OIKOS)
  • Chair Disciplinary Team classical languages Masterlanguage
  • Member International Comittee Ancient Greek Linguistics (ICAGL)
  • Member Editorial Board The Language of Classical Literature (Amsterdam Studies in Classical Philology) (Brill)
  • Member Editorial Board Lampas
  • Member Advisory Board Mnemosyne
  • Member Advisory Board HABIS (University of Seville)
  • Member research group Groupe Aspect Grec (INALCO, Paris). 
  • Member of the board of Scholae, a joint initiative of Dutch Universities aimed at educating secondary school classics teachers
  • Member Programmaraad MasterLanguage

I teach on various subjects relating to Greek language and literature. I am currently supervising the PhD project of Joachim Kraaij ("Exposing the Sophistic Fallacy: Plato's Euthydemus. A New Critical Edition with Philological Commentary", Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, together with Gerard Boter).

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