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Ph.D. Laurens van der Wiel


I am a classicist focusing on early imperial Greek literature. After having obtained my master’s degree in 2018 at the Catholic University of Leuven, I started my PhD at the same institute, as part of the research project “Longing for Perfection. Living the Perfect Life in Late Antiquity – A Journey Between Ideal and Reality”. In 2022, I defended my doctoral dissertation, entitled “An Opaque Mirror for Trajan. A Literary Analysis and Interpretation of Plutarch’s Regum et imperatorum apophthegmata” (supervisors: Geert Roskam and Joseph Verheyden). I am currently part of the project “Thinking of Thinking. Conceptual Metaphors of Cognition in the Plutarchan Corpus”.

Most important scholarly articles

  • van der Wiel, L. (2024), “Exempla for the Emperors. A Comparison of the Prefaces to Valerius Maximus’ Facta et dicta memorabilia and Plutarch’s Regum et imperatorum apophthegmata”, in Jażdżewska, K. – Doroszewski, F. (eds.), Plutarch and his Contemporaries: Sharing the Roman Empire, Leiden: Brill (Plutarch Studies 14)



  • van der Wiel, L. (2023), “A Proposal for Restructuring Plutarch’s Regum et imperatorum apophthegmata”, Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 63, 1–26




  • van der Wiel, L. (2023), “Human Perfection in Plutarch. Finding the Right Balance between Philosophy and Politics in the Comparison of Aristeides and Cato Maior”, in Leemans, J. – Roskam, G. – Van Deun, P. (eds.), Longing for Perfection in Late Antiquity, Leiden: Brill, 231–253 (Ancient Philosophy and Religion 11)



  • van der Wiel, L. (2021), “Wonder and the Divine. The Eternal Chain in Plutarch’s De E apud Delphos 384D–385D”, Ploutarchos 18, 71–86