Biography

After Grammar School (Barlaeus Gymnasium, Amsterdam), Jan P. Stronk (*1947) read Ancient History and Cultural Prehistory (both as majors) at the Universiteit van Amsterdam (MA in 1972 and 1973), specialising in the ancient history and archaeology of the regions bordering the eastern Mediterranean basin.

In those years he wrote (in Dutch) several large entries for the Grote Spectrum Encyclopedie (which have not been included on this site) and  for Talanta Magazine (first publication in 1972-A Pithos from Epan6 Zakro).

From 1970 onwards he worked as a field archaeologist in projects in Egypt (Saqqara and Thebes West), Jordan, Syria, Greece, and Turkey. He also worked as an underwater archaeologist, having trained therefore in the Netherlands and England. Simultaneously he acted as a teacher of history at a secondary school in Amsterdam until 1987.

From 1984-1992 he was a field-director at the excavation of Dyadovo-mogila in Bulgaria, a UNESCO-supported project with teams from Bulgaria, Japan, and the Netherlands.

In 1995 he obtained his PhD at the Universiteit van Amsterdam with a dissertation on the books of Xenophon’s Anabasis treating the stay of the Cyreans in Thrace, also published as a trade-edition.

Shortly after obtaining his PhD he was injured in a road-accident, leaving him with a spinal cord injury that made field archaeology practically impossible. Since, he has been predominantly working in the field of Ancient Greek historiography, notably on the subject of the representation of so-called ‘Randkulturen’, like Thracians and Persians, in Greek historiography, resulting in books on Ctesias of Cnidus and Diodorus of Sicily, several papers, and numerous reviews. He is also a co-editor of Talanta Magazine.

Jan P. Stronk is married (to Anne Keverkamp, *1946) with two daughters (Merel, *1982 and Clio, *1984).

Currently Anne and Jan live in Nieuw-Vennep, the Netherlands, together with cat Darius (the Great, *2010).

Jan P. Stronk, October 2016