prof. dr. G.J. (Gerard) Boter

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Professor of Greek Language and Literature

Office hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Curriculum Vitae

Research interests

Textual transmission, text edition and interpretation of philosophical authors, especially Plato, Epictetus and Philostratus.


Courses taught in 2013-2014:
Period 1-2: Greek Mythology (Bachelor 3) 
Period 1-2: Editing and Commenting Technique (with Prof. I. de Jong; Research Master) 
Period 4-5: Euripides'  Iphigenia in Tauris (Bachelor 3)
Period 4-5: Interdisciplinary Course Lucian (with Dr. J.J. Flinterman; Bachelor 3)
Period 5-6: Language acquisition Greek 1e-f: Plato (Bachelor 1)



  • Text edition of Philostratus' Life of Apollonius of Tyana 
    Long term project in collaboration with Dr. J.J. Flinterman and Dr. E.M. van Opstall (VU). The text of the Vita Apollonii was critically edited for the last time in 1870, by C.L. Kayser. Aim of the project is to produce a new critical edition based on an exhaustive study of all the available material (manuscripts, quotations, conjectures and interpretations by revious scholars) and a thorough study of Philostratus’ style and language. Dr. Flinterman and Dr. van Opstall presently work on a commentary on the first book: Flinterman focuses on the historical aspects, van Opstall on the literary aspects.
  • Text edition of Plato's Timaeus
    As a result of his untimely death prof. S.R. Slings has not been able to complete the project “Text Edition of Plato’s Eighth Tetralogy”, initiated in 1977. The Oxford Classical texts edition of the Republic appeared in 2003. It is my aim to complete the project, by editing the Timaeus and the Critias. These editions will be based on the work done by Dr. G. Jonkers (The manuscript tradition of Plato's Timaeus and Critias, 1989), and on the collations of the manuscripts and the indirect tradition put at my disposal by Dr. Jonkers.
  • The Encheiridion of Epictetus
    In 1999 my edition of Epictetus’ Encheiridion was published by Brill; in 2007 an editio minor was published in the Teubner series. In the future I intend to pa more attention to this text and to the Diatribes. Shortly, I intend to devote a study to the relationship between the Diatribes and the Encheiridion.




  • Epicteti Encheiridion, Berlin-New York (Teubner) 2007
  • The « Encheiridion » of Epictetus and its Three Christian Adaptations, Leiden (Brill) 1999
  • Eudaimonia. Plato’s Leerschool van het Geluk, Emmeloord 1997 (met P. Gerbrandy en G. Jonkers), drie delen
  • The Textual Tradition of Plato’s Republic, dissertatie Vrije Universiteit, 1986; Leiden (Brill) 1989
  • Epictetus: Verzameld Werk. Vertaald door Gerard Boter en Rob Brouwer, Amsterdam 2011 

Articles and Reviews:  


  • "VO en WO: eendracht maakt macht", to appear in Lampas 47.1 (2014), 3-11
  • "From Discourses to Handbook: the Encheiridion of Epictetus as a Practical Guide to Life", to appear in Ph. van der Eijk, M. Formisano (eds.), From Words to Acts, Cambridge
  • "Studies in the Textual Tradiiton of Philostratus' Life of Apollonius of Tyana", to appear in RHT 9 (2014)
  • "AITIA ELOMENOY: But Who Makes the Choices? Reading Plato's Republic in the New OCT", in N. Notomi, L. Brisson (eds.), Dialogues on Plato's Politeia (Republic), Sankt Augustin 2013, 19-32
  • "A Conjecture on Martial 10,38,12, RhM 156 (2013), 103-105
  • The Historical Present of Atelic and Durative Verbs in Greek Tragedy, Philologus 156 (2012), 207-233
  • Review of B. Vancamp, Untersuchungen zur handschriftlichen Überlieferung von Platons Menon, Stuttgart: Steiner Verlag 2010, 115 pp., CQ 62 (2012), 69-71
  • Review of S. Martinelli Tempesta, Platonis Euthyphron, Francisco Philelfo interprete; Lysis, Petro Candido Decembrio interprete, a cura di S.M.T. Firenze: Edizioni del Galluzzo 2009. X, 219 p., WS 124 (2011), 304-306
  • "Griekse handschriften tussen Byzantium en Italië: de tekst van Plato's Politeia", in D. Burgersdijk en W. de Waal (eds.), Constantinopel: Mozaïek van Kunst en Cultuur, Amsterdam, 2011, 127-142
  • "The accentuation of Greek forms of Latin names containing non-syllabic -u-", ZPE 177 (2011), 254-258
  • "The accentuation of Greek forms of Latin names containing non-syllabic -u-", to appear in ZPE
  • Article “Epictetus”, Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum, vol. IX (Washington D.C. 2011), 1-54
  • Article “Ps. Cebes, Addenda et Corrigenda”, Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum, vol. IX (Washington D.C. 2011), 247-249
  • “Valuing Others and Valuing Oneself in Epictetus’ Diatribes”, in R. Rosen & I. Sluiter (eds.), Valuing Others in Antiquity (Leiden 2010), 323-352
  • “Lees maar: er staat niet wat er staat. Over Oedipus’ schuld en Aristoteles’ hamartia”, Lampas 43 (2010), 3-19
  • “De tirannie verdrijven? Plato en de politiek in Syracuse”, Hermeneus 82 (2010), 75-79
  • Review of D. Cufalo, Scholia Graeca in Platonem. I, Classical Review 59 (2009), 383-385
  • “A conjecture on [Longinus] De Sublimitate 25”, Rheinisches Museum 152 (2009), 108-111
  • “Towards a new critical edition of Philostratus' Life of Apollonius”, in K. Demoen & D. Praet (eds.), Theios sophistes (Leiden 2009), 21-56 
  •  “Epictetus 3.23.33 and the Three Modes of Philosophical Instruction”, Philologus 153 (2009), 135-148
  • “Plato Theaetetus 182e1-2, the Meaning of menein”, Mnemosyne 62 (2009), 30-50
    “Herkules oder Sisyphos? 23 Jahrhunderte griechische Philologie”, in B. Plachta & S. Bertho (edd.), “Die Herkulesarbeiten der Philologie”, Berlijn 2008, 63-96
  • Review of C. Emlyn-Jones, Plato.Republic 1-2.368c4, Classical Review 58 (2008), 375-377
  • Review of D. Scott, Plato’s Meno, Mnemosyne 61 (2008), 110-113
  • Review of H.H. Benson, A Companion to Plato, Mnemosyne 61 (2008),
  • “Hoe onwetend is Socrates?”, Lampas 41 (2008), 20-30
  • “Utopia”, Lampas 40 (2007), 343-353
  • “De vier elementen in de Oudheid”, In de Marge 16 (2007), 27-35
  • (with J.J. Flinterman) “Are petitionary dreams non-predictive? Observations on Artemidorus'Oneirocriticon 1.6 and 4.2”, Mnemosyne 60 (2007), 589-607
  • “Plato, Symposium 208c2-4”, Res Publica Litterarum 28 (2005), 124-132
  • “Wondering at Plato Phaedo 62A”, Philologus 151 (2007), 17-30
  • “A textual problem in Archimedes, Arenarius 218,14 Heiberg”, Rheinisches Museum 150 (2007), 424-429 
  • “De harde hand van Epictetus”, inaugural lecture delivered Februari 17, 2006 (26 pages)
  • “Plato, Symposium 174b1: hos as the nominative singular of the indirect reflexive pronoun”, Mnemosyne 59 (2006), 129-134
  • “Wil de laatste dichter het licht uitdoen? Over Musaeus' Hero en Leander”, Lampas 39 (2006)
  • “Epictetus in de 15e en 16e eeuw - Over de Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum, Lampas 38 (2005), 65-80
  • (with J.J. Flinterman) Review of C.P. Jones, Philostratus. The Life of Apollonius of Tyana, BMCR 2005.9.62
  • “De nieuwe OCT van Plato’s Politeia”, Lampas 37 (2004), 46-54
  • “Epictetus: filosoof van de vrijheid”, Lampas 36 (2003), 378-410
  • “Over hybris, phthonos en aitiè in Herodotus”, Lampas 35 (2002), 105-123
  • “Thrasymachus and pleonexia”, Mnemosyne 39 (1986), 261-281
  • “Epictetus, Onthechting"; translation of Diatribe 3,24, in P. Gerbrandy (ed.), De mens is een dier dat kan denken, Amsterdam 2001, 463-474
  • Review of K.A. Worp & A. Rijksbaron, The Kellis Isocrates Codex, Mnemosyne 53 (2000), 732-736
  • “The Greek sources of the translations by Perotti and Politian of Epictetus' Encheiridion”, Revue d’Histoire des Textes 23 (1993), 159-188
  • “Epictetus, Encheiridion 27”, Mnemosyne 45 (1992), 473-481
  • “Parisinus A and the title of Plato’s Republic”, Rheinisches Museum 135 (1992), 82-86
  • “Apollonius Dyscolus, De constructione 357,1”, Mnemosyne 43 (1990), 438-440
  • “A note on Herondas III, 40”, Mnemosyne 43 (1990), 155-156
  • Review of R.W. Jordan, Plato’s Arguments for Forms, Mnemosyne 41 (1988), 157-159
  • “The Codex Hassensteinianus of Plato”, Revue d’Histoire des Textes 18 (1988), 215-218
  • “Plato, Meno 82c2-3”, Phronesis 33 (1988), 208-215
  • “A Christian liturgical ostracon”, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 70 (1987), 119-122
  • “The Vindobonensis W of Plato”, Codices Manuscripti 13 (1987), 144-155
  • “The Venetus T of Plato”, Mnemosyne 39 (1986), 102-111


Professional activities

  • Member of the Dutch National Graduate School in Classical Studies (OIKOS)
  • Coordinator of the OIKOS research group "Hellenistic and Imperial Literature" (with Prof. R.R. Nauta)
  • Executive editor of Mnemosyne (International Journal of Classics)
  • Chairman of the committee for the national exams Greek and Latin for secondary schools


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