Lieve Van Hoof

Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Ancient history
    • Classical literature
    • Literatures in Greek
    • Literatures in Latin
Classical Antiquity Late Antiquity
Lieve Van Hoof is a Research Professor (BOF-ZAP, Full Professor) within the UGent History Department, also associated with the Department of Literary Studies. Trained as a classicist, historian, and political scientist, she studies the socio-political role of Greek and Latin literature under the Roman Empire, from the first to the sixth century A.D. Currently, her research focuses on Greek and Latin letters, and what they tell us about lobbying in Late Antiquity (ca. 300- 600 A.D.). A popularising presentation of this project can be seen at Universiteit van Vlaanderen (in Dutch). Alongside numerous articles and book chapters, Lieve has published a monograph on Plutarch's practical ethics (OUP, 2010; Chinese translation Huaxia, 2017) and an edited volume on Libanius (CUP, 2014; paperback 2018). Together with Peter Van Nuffelen, she authored the Clavis Historicorum Antiquitatis Posterioris (Brepols, 2020), an edition, translation and commentary on fragmentary Latin histories of Late Antiquity (CUP, 2020), and a translation and commentary on Jordanes' Getica and Romana (Liverpool University Press, 2020). Before coming to Ghent, Lieve held academic positions, fellowships and scholarships at Oxford and Exeter (U.K.), Göttingen and Bonn (Germany), and Leuven (Belgium), where she obtained her Ph.D. in 2006. Lieve also has an interest in academic policy. She is currently Director of Internationalisation of the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, and was formerly Co-President of the Jonge Academie ( as well as President of UGent Postdoc Community. In the latter capacity,  she was awarded a UGent Hermes Award 2016 together with Jasmien Van Daele. In 2021, she received the award of Laureate of the Royal Flemisch Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, and from 2022-2025, she hold an honorary appointment as Professor Extraordinary at the University of Stellenbosch.