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Dr. L. (Luuk) Huitink

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Griekse en Latijnse talen en culturen
Photographer: Janric van Rookhuijzen

Visiting address
  • Turfdraagsterpad 9
  • Room number:3.02
Postal address
  • Postbus 94302
    1090 GE Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    Luuk Huitink is an assistant professor of Ancient Greek. He was trained at the University of Amsterdam (MA) and Worcester College, University of Oxford (MSt, DPhil). Before returning to his alma mater in 2020, he served as the Leventis Research Fellow in Ancient Greek at Merton College, University of Oxford (2009-2013), as Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter at Heidelberg University (2013-2018) and as Spinoza Visiting Fellow and postdoctoral researcher at Leiden University (2016, 2018-2020).

    His research focuses on linguistic, narratological and cognitive approaches to Greek literature, in particular historiography. He seeks to combine new theoretical frameworks (such as embodied cognition) with time-honoured philological practices such as close-reading. He is a member of the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies & Archaeology (ACASA), while his his research is currently being pursued under the aegis of Anchoring Innovation, a research programme of the Netherlands National Research School in Classical Studies (OIKOS), which is supported by a 2017 Gravitation Grant of the Ministry of Education of the Netherlands (NWO). He is also involved in projects on Conversation Analysis (Madrid) and on Fictional and Factual Narrative in Antiquity (Heidelberg).

     

    He has taught courses on many topics in Greek and Latin languages and cultures, and supervised BA and MA theses on Greek tragedy (Euripides), Greek historiography (Herodotus, Xenophon, Aeneas Tacticus) and Greek linguistics (Conversation Analysis). He is co-supervisor of a PhD thesis on the sociocultural history of tears in Ancient Greece which is currently being prepared by Leonie Henkes at Leiden University. A recent didactic effort in which he was involved is the Göttingen-based project 'Ancient Indo-European Languages for the 21st Century', which has resulted in a series of open-access videos on the grammar of Greek

    External links:

    ACASA

    OIKOS

    Anchoring Innovation

    Ancient Indo-European Languages for the 21st Century

    Fictional and Factual Narratives in Antiquity

    La conversación en la Antigüedad: Análisis de la interacción verbal en griego antiguo y latín

  • Recent Larger Publications

    The Cambridge Grammar of Classical Greek (publisher's page)

    Luuk Huitink is one of the authors - together with Evert van Emde Boas, Albert Rijksbaron and Mathieu de Bakker - of The Cambridge Grammar of Classical Greek (CUP 2019) This is the first full-scale reference grammar of Classical Greek in English in a century. The first work of its kind to reflect significant advances in linguistics made in recent decades, it provides students, teachers and academics with a comprehensive yet user-friendly treatment. The chapters on phonology and morphology make full use of insights from comparative and historical linguistics to elucidate complex systems of roots, stems and endings. The syntax offers linguistically up-to-date descriptions of such topics as case usage, tense and aspect, voice, subordinate clauses, infinitives and participles. An innovative section on textual coherence treats particles and word order and discusses several sample passages in detail, demonstrating new ways of approaching Greek texts.

    Xenophon: Anabasis, Book III (publisher's page)

    Together with Tim Rood he has published Xenophon: Anabasis Book III (CUP 2019). This is the first comprehensive commentary on a section of Xenophon's Anabasis in English for almost a century. It provides up-to-date guidance on literary, historical and cultural aspects of the Anabasis and will help undergraduate students to read Greek better. It also incorporates recent advances in Xenophontic scholarship and Greek linguistics, showcasing in particular Xenophon's linguistic innovations and varied style. Advanced students and professional scholars will also profit from the sustained attention which this commentary devotes to Xenophon's varied narrative strategies and to the reception of episodes from Anabasis III in antiquity. The introduction and commentary show that Xenophon is just as important (if not more so) to the development of Greek historiography, and of Greek prose in general, as Herodotus and Thucydides.

    Experience, Narrative, and Criticism in Ancient Greece (publisher's page)

    He is one of the editors, together with Jonas Grethlein and Aldo Tagliabue, of Experience, Narrative, and Criticism in Ancient Greece: Under the Spell of Stories (OUP 2020). This is the first volume to appear in Oxford University Press's series Cognitive Classics. The edited volume contains thirteen papers which pursue cognitive approaches to literary studies, offering new perspectives not only on a wide range of Greek literary genres, but also on other ancient media such as dance and sculpture. It develops new methodological approaches beyond 'classic' narratology, serving as a inventory of current approaches to narrative in classical studies. It integrates the study of ancient criticism with that of literature and intermediality, encouraging interdisciplinary dialogue and forming a basis for future scholarship.

  • Publications

    2020

    • Grethlein, J., Huitink, L., & Tagliabue, A. (2020). Introduction: Narrative and Aesthetic Experience in Ancient Greece. In J. Grethlein, L. Huitink, & A. Tagliabue (Eds.), Experience, Narrative, and Criticism in Ancient Greece: Under the Spell of Stories (pp. 1-12). Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198848295.003.0001
    • Grethlein, J., Huitink, L., & Tagliabue, A. (Eds.) (2020). Experience, Narrative, and Criticism in Ancient Greece: Under the Spell of Stories. (Cognitive Classics; Vol. 1). Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198848295.001.0001
    • Huitink, L. (2020). Enargeia and Bodily Mimesis. In J. Grethlein, L. Huitink, & A. Tagliabue (Eds.), Experience, Narrative, and Criticism in Ancient Greece: Under the Spell of Stories (pp. 188-209). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198848295.003.0010
    • Huitink, L., & Rood, T. (2020). Xenophon de Halbattiker? Xenophons woordenschat, 'zuiver' Attisch en de ontwikkeling van de Griekse historiografie. Lampas, 53(4), 420-36.
    • van Emde Boas, E., Rijksbaron, A., Huitink, L., & de Bakker, M. P. (2020). Een nieuwe grammatica van het klassiek Grieks. Lampas, 53, 84-95.

    2019

    • Huitink, L. (2019). "There Was a River on their Left-Hand Side": Xenophon's Anabasis, Arrival Scenes, Reflector Narrative and the Evolving Language of Greek Historiography. In A. Willi (Ed.), Formes et fonctions des langues littéraires en Grèce ancienne (pp. 185-226). (Entretiens sur l'antiquité classique; Vol. 65). Vandoeuvres: Fondation Hardt pour l'étude de l'antiquité classique.
    • Huitink, L. (2019). Enargeia, Enactivism and the Ancient Readerly Imagination. In M. Anderson, D. Cairns, & M. Sprevak (Eds.), Distributed Cognition in Classical Antiquity (pp. 188-209). (The Edinburgh History of Distributed Cognition; Vol. 1). Edinburgh University Press. https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/distributed-cognition-in-classical-antiquity/enargeia-enactivism-and-the-ancient-readerly-imagination/187004945C3A3D62DA4F32421584D93D
    • Huitink, L., & Rood, T. (2019). Xenophon. Anabasis, Book III. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781139941457
    • van Emde Boas, E., Rijksbaron, A., Huitink, L., & de Bakker, M. (2019). The Cambridge Grammar of Classical Greek. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [details]

    2018

    • Allan, R. J., Van Emde Boas, E., & Huitink, L. (2018). Introduction. In R. J. Allan, E. Van Emde Boas, & L. Huitink (Eds.), Form and Function- in Greek Grammar: Linguistic Contributions to the Study of Greek Literature (pp. 1-4). (Amsterdam Studies in Classical Philology; Vol. 30). Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004386129_002
    • Huitink, L. (2018). Xenophon (Biography). In K. De Temmerman, & E. Van Emde Boas (Eds.), Characterization in Ancient Greek Literature: Studies in Ancient Greek Narrative, Volume Four (pp. 467-485). Leiden / Boston: Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004356313_027
    • Rijksbaron, A., Allan, R. J. (Ed.), van Emde Boas, E. (Ed.), & Huitink, L. (Ed.) (2018). Form and Function- in Greek Grammar: Linguistic Contributions to the Study of Greek Literature. (Amsterdam Studies in Classical Philology; Vol. 30). Leiden: Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004386129
    • van Henten, J. W., & Huitink, L. (2018). Josephus. In K. De Temmerman, & E. van Emde Boas (Eds.), Characterization in Ancient Greek Literature (pp. 251-270). (Mnemosyne. Supplements; Vol. 411), (Studies in Ancient Greek Narrative; Vol. 4). Leiden: Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004356313_016 [details]

    2017

    2016

    • Huitink, L., & Rood, T. (2016). Subordinate Officers in Xenophon’s Anabasis. In R. Buxton (Ed.), Aspects of Leadership in Xenophon (pp. 199-242). (Histos Supplement; Vol. 5). Newcastle upon Tyne.

    2012

    • Huitink, L., & van Henten, J. W. (2012). Josephus. In I. J. F. de Jong (Ed.), Space in ancient Greek literature: studies in ancient Greek narrative (pp. 199-217). (Mnemosyne. Supplements; No. 339). Leiden: Brill. [details]

    2010

    • Van Emde Boas, E., & Huitink, L. (2010). Syntax. In E. J. Bakker (Ed.), A Companion to the Ancient Greek Language (pp. 134-150). (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World). Oxford: Wiley Blackwell. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781444317398.ch10

    2009

    • Huitink, L. (2009). Pragmatic Presupposition and Complementation in Classical Greek. In S. Bakker, & G. Wakker (Eds.), Discourse Cohesion in Ancient Greek (pp. 21-40). (Amsterdam Studies in Classical philology; Vol. 16). Leiden: Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/ej.9789004174726.i-284.15
    • van Henten, J. W., & Huitink, L. (2009). The publication of Flavius Josephus’ works and their audiences. Zutot, 6(1), 49-60. [details]

    2007

    • van Henten, J. W., & Huitink, L. (2007). Josephus. In I. de Jong, & R. Nünlist (Eds.), Time in Ancient Greek Literature: Studies in Ancient Greek Narrative II (pp. 213-230). (Mnemosyne, Supplements; No. 291). Leiden: Brill. [details]

    2006

    • Huitink, L. (2006). 'Think What You Want': Indirect discourse after verbs denoting a wish or ability? An old problem reconsidered. Oxford University Working Papers in Linguistics, Phonology & Phonetics, 11, 89-109.

    2005

    • Huitink, L. (2005). Saying NO to iam. In G. Calboli (Ed.), Latina Lingua! : proceedings of the twelfth International Colloquium on Latin Linguistics (Bologna,9-14 june 2003) (Vol. 2, pp. 561-570). (Papers on Grammar; Vol. 9, No. 2). Herder. https://doi.org/10.1515/joll.2005.9.2.561

    2003

    • van Henten, J. W., & Huitink, L. (2003). Inscriptions from Israel: Jewish or non-Jewish Revisited. Bulletin of Judaeo-Greek Studies, 32, 33-46. [details]

    2020

    • Van Beek, L. (Author), & Huitink, L. (Author). (2020). Ancient Greek – Introduction, Part 2: Writing Systems, the Alphabet. Web publication/site, Sprachwissenschaftlisches Seminar, Universität Göttingen. https://doi.org/10.5446/48903
    • Van Beek, L. (Author), & Huitink, L. (Author). (2020). Ancient Greek – Introduction, Part 3: Dialects in the Archaic and Classical Period. Web publication/site, Sprachwissenschaftlisches Seminar, Universität Göttingen. https://doi.org/10.5446/48905
    • Van Beek, L. (Author), & Huitink, L. (Author). (2020). Ancient Greek – Morphology, Part 1: Derivation. Web publication/site, Sprachwissenschaftlisches Seminar, Universität Göttingen. https://doi.org/10.5446/48909
    • Van Beek, L. (Author), & Huitink, L. (Author). (2020). Ancient Greek – Morphology, Part 2: Compounding. Web publication/site, Sprachwissenschaftlisches Seminar, Universität Göttingen. https://doi.org/10.5446/48910
    • Van Beek, L. (Author), & Huitink, L. (Author). (2020). Ancient Greek – Morphology, Part 3: Declension. Web publication/site, Sprachwissenschaftlisches Seminar, Universität Göttingen. https://doi.org/10.5446/48911
    • Van Beek, L. (Author), & Huitink, L. (Author). (2020). Ancient Greek – Morphology, Part 4: Conjugation. Web publication/site, Sprachwissenschaftlisches Seminar, Universität Göttingen. https://doi.org/10.5446/48912
    • Van Beek, L. (Author), & Huitink, L. (Author). (2020). Ancient Greek – Morphosyntactic Structures, Part 1: Agreement and Nominal Structures. Web publication/site, Sprachwissenschaftlisches Seminar, Universität Göttingen. https://doi.org/10.5446/48913
    • Van Beek, L. (Author), & Huitink, L. (Author). (2020). Ancient Greek – Morphosyntactic Structures, Part 2: Voice. Web publication/site, Sprachwissenschaftlisches Seminar, Universität Göttingen. https://doi.org/10.5446/48914
    • Van Beek, L. (Author), & Huitink, L. (Author). (2020). Ancient Greek – Morphosyntactic Structures, Part 3: Tense and Aspect. Web publication/site, Sprachwissenschaftlisches Seminar, Universität Göttingen. https://doi.org/10.5446/48915
    • Van Beek, L. (Author), & Huitink, L. (Author). (2020). Ancient Greek – Morphosyntactic Structures, Part 4: Mood and Modality. Web publication/site, Sprachwissenschaftlisches Seminar, Universität Göttingen. https://doi.org/10.5446/48916
    • Van Beek, L. (Author), & Huitink, L. (Author). (2020). Ancient Greek – Morphosyntactic Structures, Part 5: Constituent Order and Information Structure. Web publication/site, Sprachwissenschaftlisches Seminar, Universität Göttingen. https://doi.org/10.5446/48917
    • Van Beek, L. (Author), & Huitink, L. (Author). (2020). Ancient Greek – Phonology, Part 1: Segments. Web publication/site, Sprachwissenschaftlisches Seminar, Universität Göttingen. https://doi.org/10.5446/48906
    • Van Beek, L. (Author), & Huitink, L. (Author). (2020). Ancient Greek – Phonology, Part 2: Accentuation. Web publication/site, Sprachwissenschaftlisches Seminar, Universität Göttingen. https://doi.org/10.5446/48907
    • Van Beek, L. (Author), & Huitink, L. (Author). (2020). Ancient Greek – Phonology, Part 3: Syllables, Suprasegmentals and Prosodic Words. Web publication/site, Sprachwissenschaftlisches Seminar, Universität Göttingen. https://doi.org/10.5446/48908
    • van Beek, L. (Author), & Huitink, L. (Author). (2020). Ancient Greek - Introduction, Part 1: External History of Greek and its Sources. Web publication/site, Sprachwissenschaftlisches Seminar, Universität Göttingen. https://doi.org/10.5446/48903

    2014

    2005

    • van Henten, J. W., & Huitink, L. (2005). Flavius Josephus' Antiquitates: de publicatie en het eerste publiek. In C. Dauven, J. Koopmans, & L. Kuitert (Eds.), Publiceren: wat is dat? (pp. 125-144). Amsterdam: Instituut voor Cultuur en Geschiedenis. [details]
    • van Henten, J. W., & Huitink, L. (2005). The Jewish Inscriptions from Israel as Presented in SEG. Inscriptions of Israel/Palestine. http://www.stg.brown.edu/projects/Inscriptions/research.shtml [details]

    2020

    • Huitink, L. (2020). Review of A. Lianeri (ed.) (2016) Knowing Future Time in and Through Greek Historiography. History of Humanities, 5(2), 523-6. https://doi.org/10.1086/710287
    • Huitink, L. (2020). Review of Xenophon, Het diner. Vertaald en toegelicht door Christiaan Caspers. Hermeneus, 92(2), 66.

    2019

    • Huitink, L. (2019). Review of B. Verhelst (2017) Direct Speech in Nonnus’ Dionysiaca: Narrative and Rhetorical Functions of the Characters’ “Varied” and “Many-Faceted” Words. Rhetorica: a journal of the history of rhetoric, 37(3), 321-323. https://doi.org/10.1525/rh.2019.37.3.321
    • van Emde Boas, E., Rijksbaron, A., Huitink, L., & de Bakker, M. (2019). The Cambridge Grammar of Classical Greek. A New Reference Grammar for Classical Greek: aims and principles. Journal of Classics Teaching, 20(40), 30-34. https://doi.org/10.1017/S2058631019000308 [details]

    2013

    2010

    2008

    Membership

    • Huitink, L. (2020-). National Research School in Classical Studies, The Netherlands, Research School OIKOS.
    • Huitink, L. (2020-). Funded by the Excellence Strategy of Heidelberg University (“Expanding Internationality” project). Principal Coordinator: Dr. Chrysanthos S. (…), Fictional and Factual Narratives in Antiquity.
    • Huitink, L. (2018-). 'Anchoring Innovation’ is the Gravitation Grant research agenda of OIKOS, the National Research School in Classical Studies, the Netherlands. It is (…), Anchoring Innovation.
    • Huitink, L. (2017-). Research group of French and Dutch scholars working and publishing together on topics in Greek linguistics., Groupe aspect en grec (GAG).

    Media appearance

    • Huitink, L. (09-09-2020). Nieuwe ontdekkingen over het Oudgrieks [Web] NEMO Kennislink. Nieuwe ontdekkingen over het Oudgrieks.
    • Huitink, L. (08-04-2019). Team Pinōmen uit Leiden wint Ken-Uw-Klassieken Pubquiz [Web] VVV Leiden. Team Pinōmen uit Leiden wint Ken-Uw-Klassieken Pubquiz.
    • Huitink, L. (04-04-2019). Spraakmakers [Radio] NPO Radio 1. Wat kunnen we leren van migratie in het oude Griekenland?.

    Talk / presentation

    • Huitink, L. (speaker) (17-12-2020). Protagoras and the Beginnings of Grammar, SPIN.
    • Huitink, L. (speaker) (16-12-2020). Social and Narrative Rules in Xenophon's Cyropaedia, Forschungskolloquium, Heidelberg.
    • Huitink, L. (speaker) (26-9-2020). "Since I Have Now Started to Tell the Story": Some Peculiar Digressive Techniques in Xenophon, Digressions in Classical Historiography, Kalamata.
    • Huitink, L. (speaker), De Jonge, C. (speaker), Koning, H. (speaker) & Waal, W. (speaker) (9-9-2020). Avondsymposium: De geheimen van het Grieks, Week van de Klassieken, Leiden.
    • Van der Velden, A. J. L. (speaker) & Huitink, L. (speaker) (11-12-2019). Op het spoor van 's lands beroemde classici, Nederlands Klassiek Verbond, afdeling Leiden.
    • Huitink, L. (speaker) (8-12-2019). On the Trail of Xenophon in the Persian Empire, Fudan University, Shanghai.
    • Huitink, L. (speaker) (7-12-2019). Greek Grammar between Sentence and Discourse, Fudan University, Shanghai.
    • Huitink, L. (speaker) (18-11-2019). Askēsis, Mathēsis, Epimeleia, Paideia, Sunētheia (Terms for Acquiring Virtues), Where Literature and Philosophy Meet: The Virtues in Xenophon’s Writings, Bar Ilan.
    • Huitink, L. (speaker) (9-11-2019). Language and Lies: How Not to Lose the Plot in Greek Linguistics and Narratology, OIKOS Nunspeet Seminar Methods and Techniques, Nunspeet.
    • Huitink, L. (speaker) (24-10-2019). “A curious approximation to the romantic spirit”: Phantasia in classical Greek historiography between distance and proximity, Corpus Christi College Classics Seminar, Oxford.
    • Huitink, L. (speaker) (16-9-2019). Xenophon and Greek Historiographical Prose, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
    • Huitink, L. (speaker) (18-4-2019). Reflector Narrative in Xenophon’s Anabasis, Forschungskolloquium Sprachwissenschaft, Göttingen.
    • Huitink, L. (speaker) (28-3-2019). The Tales We Tell: On Narrative, Explanation, and Losing the Plot, Faculteitssymposium Geesteswetenschappen Universiteit Leiden, Leiden.
    • Huitink, L. (speaker) (27-3-2019). De speech van Socles: Eindexamenlezing Herodotus, Nederlands Klassiek Verbond, afdeling Leiden.
    • Huitink, L. (speaker) (20-10-2018). Νομοθέτης ἀττικισμοῦ? An Attempt to Reconstruct the Ancient Debate about Xenophon’s Language, Anabases in Antiquity and Beyond, Heraklion.
    • Huitink, L. (speaker) (13-9-2018). Xenophon, Professional Military Vocabulary and the Formation of the Koine, Beyond Standards: Attic, the Koiné and Atticism, Cambridge.
    • Huitink, L. (speaker) (29-8-2018). Encoding historical experience: a survey of developments in the language of Greek historiography, 65e Entretiens sur l’antiquité classique , Vandoeuvres.
    • Huitink, L. (speaker) (7-7-2018). “CHORUS: What? for I know not yet what you will say. ALCMAEON: Nor will you ever, if you interrupt.” Anchoring Tragic Style in Pragmatics, Doing Things with Words on Stage, Zurich.
    • Huitink, L. (speaker) (19-4-2018). Anchoring in Style, 8th OIKOS Anchoring Innovation Expert Meeting, Arnhem.

    Others

    • Huitink, L. (examiner) (7-10-2020 - 8-10-2020). Examiner of the Newcastle Classical Prize 2020, Eton College (examination).
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