dr. M.H. (Mieke) Koenen

  • Telephone:+31 20 59 86465
  • Room nr:14a-00
  • E-mail:mh.koenen@let.vu.nl
  • Unit:fac. der geesteswetenschappen ( gesch/oudh/k&c )
  • Position:Assistant professor of Latin


Office hours: Tuesday, Friday  

Since September 2012, VU University Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam are offering a joint Master’s programme within the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). Thanks to this partnership, students can choose from a wide range of subjects, allowing them to develop as scholars in many different specialisms in the field of Classics, Ancient Studies en Archaeology.

Research interests

  • Reception of Classical Antiquity in Modern Dutch Poetry, e.g. in the works of Cees Nooteboom and in the poems, translations and papers of  Ida Gerhardt (1905-1997)
  • In november 2006 Stichting Fonds voor de Letteren en de Vlaams-Nederlandse Adviescommissie Literaire Non-Fictie has granted me a subsidy for writing a biography of the Dutch poet and classicist Ida Gerhardt
  • Horace, Satires
  • Lucretius De rerum natura, Latin Didactic Poetry


  • Period 1: Latijn Taalverwerving 1a: letters written by e.g. Pliny and Cicero for first-year BA students Major Latijn en Oudheidkunde
  • Period 2-3: Vergil’s Bucolica, Georgica and Aeneis for second-year BA students Latin and Oudheidkunde with Latin
  • Latijn Basiscursus 1b: elementary course for first-year BA-students of Latin
  • Period 4 & 5: Mastercourse Latin on the Reception of Classical Antiquity for fourth-year MA students Latin &
  • Participation in Minor ‘Bijbels en Klassiek Verhalengoed’ (Bible and Classical Mythology and Literature) for second and third-year BA students


  • Ida Gerhardt: Having written a monography on the reception of Classical Antiquity (esp. Lucretius, Vergil, Sappho, Plato and Homer) in the works of the Dutch poet and classicist Ida Gerhardt (Stralend in gestrenge samenhang, 2002), I have published an edition of the letters written by her: Courage!, 2005. Now I am working on her biography. Recently my colleague Ben Hosman and I have launched a website devoted to this poet: www.idagerhardt.nl
  • Horace Satires: together with Caroline Kroon I am working on textlinguistic analysis of the coherence and structure of these poems
  • Lucretius’ didactic poem De rerum natura against the background of Greek and Roman Natural Sciences



  • ‘Dat je dat zag en het zei’. Lucretius in gedichten van Cees Nooteboom,Lampas41.1, p. 59-77


  • Inleiding tot de Latijnse Syntaxis, Structuur van zin en tekst. Oefenboek , Amsterdam University Press (behorend bij Caroline Kroon, Inleiding tot de Latijnse Syntaxis, Structuur van zin en tekst, 2007 Amsterdam University Press)


  • Lucretius’ De rerum natura 3,1-30, vertaald in zesvoetige jamben, in: Meester en Leerling, Feestbundel ter ere van Daniël Knecht(samengesteld door Yanick Maes), Leuven, 2006, p.8-9
  • ‘Ida Gerhardt: poëzie van de waterkant’, in: Dick Laning (red.), Sporen van schrijvers en dichters in Overijssel en Gelderland, Zwolle 2006, p. 62-66
  • ‘Bij de verschijning van Ida Gerhardt Courage!’, Schriftuur (Bulletin van het Ida Gerhardtgenootschap), 2006.1,  p. 6-13


  • Ida Gerhardt, Courage!. Brieven bezorgd door Ben Hosman en Mieke Koenen, Amsterdam: Athenaeum-Polak en van Gennep, 794 pp.

Extensive list of publications 

Ancillary activities

Fonds der Letteren, biografie Ida Gerhardt

29 januari 2014
Last changes Ancillary activities: Amsterdam 13 november 2015
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