Centre for Advanced Study

at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

Jan Nicolaas Bremmer

Title Professor Em.
Academic Institution University of Groningen
Academic department Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
Country Netherlands
Contact Information +31651600747 https://rug.academia.edu/JanBremmer
Disciplines History of Religion
Area(s) of Expertise Classical Antiquity Early Christianity History of scholarship

About fellow

Jan N. Bremmer studied Classics and Spanish at the Free University, Amsterdam (1962-19790) and, after he met his British wife Christine in Finland, at the University of Bristol (1969-1970). From 1970-1972 he did his military service in the Dutch Military Intelligence. In 1990 he was appointed to the Chair of Religious Studies at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies of the University of Groningen, where he worked until his retirement at the end of 2009. He has been a Member of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton (2000), Inaugural Getty Villa Professor at the Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles: 2006-2007), Visiting Leventis Professor in Edinburgh (2007), Fellow of the Internationales Kolleg Morphomata in Cologne (2010-2011) and Inaugural Guest Professor in the ‘Kulturgeschichte des Altertums’ at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich (2011-2012), amongst other fellowships. In the spring of 2006 the Queen appointed him Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau. Bremmer specialises in Greek, Roman, early Christian and the historiography of ancient religion. His main recent publications are Maidens, Magic and Martyrs in Early Christianity (2017), Initiation into the Mysteries of the Ancient World (2014), (co-editor with Marco Formisano), Perpetua’s Passions (2012), (co-editor with Andrew Erskine), The Gods of Ancient Greece (2010), The Rise of Christianity through the Eyes of Gibbon, Harnack and Rodney Stark (2010).

CAS Project


  • My stay at CAS was an excellent experience due to the high quality of our research group Demise of Religions. The social and intellectual interaction was inspiring and made me think of new ways to look at the demise of the Greco-Roman religion and religions in general. The atmosphere in CAS is great and the scientific and adminsitrative staff have been most helpful.