Willem Jacob Verdenius

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Willem Jacob Verdenius (3 April 1913 – 23 June 1998) was a Dutch classicist.


Born at The Hague on 3 April l913,[1] he completed his PhD thesis on Parmenides at Utrecht University in 1942. He became Professor of Greek language and literature at Utrecht University in 1947.[2] He died at Zeist on 23 June 1998.[1]


  • Parmenides; some comments on his poem, 1942.
  • (with Jan Hendrik Waszink) Aristotle on coming-to-be and passing-away; some comments, 1946.
  • Mimesis; Plato's doctrine of artistic imitation and its meaning to us, 1949.
  • Platenatlas bij Homerus, 1955.
  • Beknopte bibliographie voor de studie der Griekse taal- en letterkunde, 1960.
  • Homer, the educator of the Greeks, 1970.
  • Pindar's Seventh Olympian Ode. A commentary, 1972.
  • (with A. H. M. Kessels) A concise bibliography of Greek language and literature, 1979.
  • A commentary on Hesiod Works and days, 1985.
  • Commentaries on Pindar, 1988