is a non-commercial website on ancient history. Since 1996, it has been
maintained by Jona Lendering from Amsterdam, Holland. He read history at
Leiden University (where he graduated in 1993), specialized in Mediterranean
culture at the Amsterdam Free University (until 1996), and worked at excavations
in Holland (a Roman villa) and Greece (hellenistic Halos). After teaching
methodology and theory at the Free University, he worked for some time
as an archivist for the Dutch government. He is currently teaching ancient
and Dutch history at the Free University.
Jona Lendering is the author of six books, all in Dutch. Reviews can
be found here (all in
Dutch, except this
Een interim-manager in het Romeinse Rijk. Plinius
in Bithynië, 1998 The
Hague (An interim-manager in the Roman empire.
Pliny in Bithynia). A brief introduction to Roman history and government,
culminating in a description of Pliny
the Younger's governorship of Bithynia-Pontus.
Hollands glorie. De wortels van onze overlegcultuur,
1999 The Hague (The pride of Holland. The
roots of the Dutch corparative economy). A book about medieval peat
reclamation, polders, dikes, windmills and the political, economical and
social consequences of the Dutch war against the sea.
De randen van de aarde. De Romeinen tussen
Schelde en Eems, 2000 Amsterdam (The
edges of the earth. The Romans in the Low Countries). The history of
the Roman occupation of Belgium and the Netherlands, including a collection
of hundred translated Greek and Latin texts. (A translated chapter can
be found here;
other parts were used in this
Archeologie van de futurologie,
2000 The Hague (Archaeology of the futurology). A brief history
of futurology, including evaluations of the most important futurological
Interim-ABC, 2002 The Hague.
A skeptical inventory of management jargon, a coproduction with Klaas de
Roo and Paul Mentzel.
Stad in marmer. Gids voor het antieke Rome
aan de hand van tijdgenoten 2002 Amsterdam
marble city. Literary travel guide for ancient Rome). A book on daily
life in ancient Rome, hailed as "the best book on Rome in the Dutch language"
by the NRC Handelsblad. A well-known British publishing house is
interested in the translation; an English review can be found here.
||The next project is a book on Alexander
the Great, which is scheduled to be published in September 2004. The
Macedonian conquest of Persia is, of course, not a highly original subject,
but this books contains several recently published Babylonian texts that
will be published for the first time. Some ideas already found their way
into a review
in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review.
The next book will be on the 'long but single year' 69. It is the history
of the destruction
of Jerusalem, the Batavian
revolt, and the six emperors Nero, Galba, Vitellius,
and Vespasian. Other plans are a book on the Mediterranean culture under
the Severan dynasty, a history of pre-Islamic Iran, and a book on ancient
Finally, Jona Lendering wants to write a book in which the Greek/Roman
and Islamic legacy to western culture are compared. He wants to show that
Islam was more important than Greece and Rome.
In March 2003, Jona Lendering made his TV-debute in a series on the
Batavians. He told about their revolt.
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