University of Groningen
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
History of Religion
Area(s) of Expertise
History of scholarship
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).