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Salomon Kroonenberg

Salomon Kroonenberg, Dutch writer

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Kai Kang

Kai Kang, Journalist China Reading Weekly

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Ingrid and Dieter Schubert, Dutch illustrators

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Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

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Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

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Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

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Thomas Möhlmann

Thomas Möhlmann, Staff member Dutch Foundation for Literature

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Ingrid and Dieter Schubert

Ingrid and Dieter Schubert, Dutch illustrators

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Kai Kang

Kai Kang, Journalist China Reading Weekly

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Salomon Kroonenberg

Salomon Kroonenberg, Dutch writer

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Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

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Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

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Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

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Salomon Kroonenberg

Salomon Kroonenberg, Dutch writer

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Kai Kang

Kai Kang, Journalist China Reading Weekly

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Henk Pröpper

Henk Pröpper, Director Dutch Foundation for Literature

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Henk Pröpper

Henk Pröpper, Director Dutch Foundation for Literature

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Ramsey Nasr

Ramsey Nasr, Dutch poet

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Fik Meijer

Fik Meijer

  • Pan Jun talks to Fik Meijer and Herman Pleij
    Date: Thu 1 September Time: 01.00 pm Venue: BIBF
  • The letters of Vincent van Gogh
    Date: Thu 1 September Time: 02.00 pm Venue: BIBF
  • Meeting with Fik Meijer
    Date: Sat 3 September Time: 01.30 pm Venue: SanLian Book Store

Life and work

Fik Meijer was Professor of Ancient History at the University of Amsterdam, specializing in naval history. Together with Marius West he has translated Josephus Flavius’s Antiquities of the Jews and The Jewish War into Dutch. He is also the author of A Sideways Look at Antiquity, St. Paul’s Voyage to Rome, Emperors Don’t Die in Bed and Gladiators.

Gladiatoren

Ancient Rome may have had an impressive culture and architecture, but it was here that the cruellest - and immensely popular - spectacles were organised: gladiator fights. Many historians have condemned such excessive cruelty, but have been unable to explain it. Fik Meijer places the shows in their historical context, showing how man-to-man fighting persisted in Europe for centuries and how animal fights have retained their popularity into modern times.

Keizers sterven niet in bed

Meijer has in his book recorded the emperors of Rome in 500 years and he shows us why these emperors died. He also takes us to see their politic and normal life. From this book we know that struggling for the royal power is always an object that people talk.

Translation in Chinese

  • Meijer, Fik. [Juedoushi: Lishishang zui zhiming de youxi] Chinese / translated from English by Xiaojun LI. Guangxi: Guangxi Normal University Press, 2009. ISBN: 9787563389148.
  • Meijer, Fik. [Guluoma diwang zhi si] Chinese / translated from English by Zhaoxia ZHANG. Guangxi: Guangxi Normal University Press, 2009. ISBN: 9787563384174.

Titles in NLF-database

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