Willemijn van Dijk

English

Willemijn van Dijk is a Dutch historian and author. She holds her graduate degree in Classics and Ancient Civilizations from the University of Amsterdam and is the author of several books about Rome and the classical world.

Her books have been translated in English, German, Spanish and Korean. The translations are listed here below, with a description in the language in which they where published.

Translations

The Successor

Politics, prestige, power—monster, angel, emperor.

Tiberius’ unique position as the unrivaled leader of the ancient Roman Empire has not prevented him from being pushed to the sidelines of historical interest. In The Successor, Willemijn van Dijk seeks to remedy this relegation in her compelling portrait of a complicated ancient ruler.

Tiberius inherited power from the legendary Augustus as the Roman Empire’s first successor. His influence stretched from northern Africa to the southern Netherlands and from Spain to Syria. Yet despite its many challenges, this vast area would not remain unmanaged for long. In his twenty-three-year reign as emperor, Tiberius consolidated power in the new form of government his adoptive father had founded, and in doing so he established the Julio-Claudian dynasty, a line that would rule Rome for half a century.

The story of Tiberius is one of intrigue. Van Dijk draws readers onto backstreets and into back rooms, bringing Rome to life with vivid portrayals of what it was like to stand on the great Palatine Hill or by the banks of the Tiber. Against this vibrant urban tapestry, van Dijk weaves together the gripping narrative of Tiberius’ rise—a complicated game of power, politics, and conspiracy. Van Dijk strips away the varnish of myth to paint an accurate, incisive picture of a man who at the late age of fifty-five became the greatest commander-in-chief of his day.

Vivid, scandalous, and thought-provoking, The Successor tells the story of a somber man—a figure neither wholly sympathetic nor entirely repulsive—who became an emperor, and of an emperor who became a tyrant.

Translator: 
Kathleen Brandt-Carey
Release date: 
July 2019
Number of pages: 
221
Publisher: 
Baylor University Press
ISBN: 
9781481310468

Via Roma

Why is the broad avenue leading to St. Peter’s called the Street of Reconciliation? What does the Via dei Fori Imperiali—where the ancient imperial forums lie—have to do with Mussolini? How does the name Piazza Navona disclose what is hidden under the square?

Via Roma tells Rome’s secrets one street at a time.

In this brilliant guide, Willemijn van Dijk takes readers across time and place as they wander along the roads of the ancient Italian capital. Street by street, fifty of them, van Dijk allows the stones to reveal their origins, their makers, the significance of their names, and the history they continue to echo. Caesars, popes, dictators, mafia dons, generals, philosophers, and artists. Architecture, ideas, romance, food, and intrigue. Rome is the eternal city to which all roads lead, and van Dijk unfolds the city’s rich past through those roads.

Via Roma is an indispensable book for any and every inquisitive lover, and visitor, of the city along the Tiber.

Translator: 
Robert Naborn
Release date: 
January 2019
Number of pages: 
232
Publisher: 
Baylor University Press
ISBN: 
9781481309042

El Sucesor

Tiberio y el triunfo del imperio romano

Los libros de historia suelen situar el nacimiento del Imperio romano en 27 a. C., el año en el que Augusto se erigió como primer emperador de Roma. El presente libro trata de ese nacimiento, aunque narra otra historia.

Porque no fue hasta el momento en que se transfirió el poder del primer emperador al segundo, en el año 14, cuando la nueva forma de gobierno triunfó para siempre sobre el sistema republicano. Por eso, este libro ha sido escrito desde la perspectiva del hombre que, en contra de lo que todos esperaban, aquel año se convirtió en el sucesor: Tiberio.

[…] ¿Fue Tiberio un emperador bueno, cruel o acaso desquiciado? Todas las respuestas se pueden defender basándose en las fuentes, aun en las que le eran ante todo hostiles. Es más interesante su posición como segundo emperador de Roma, como sucesor y primer heredero del imperio. Retrospectivamente, el momento en que el poder absoluto le fue transferido con éxito tal vez haya sido uno de los momentos más cruciales de la historia del Imperio romano.

[…] Este libro es un intento de sacar a Tiberio de la sombra de la historia, aunque no de emitir un nuevo juicio moral sobre él. Y es que en realidad, eso es casi imposible: los parámetros de entonces son radicalmente distintos de los de ahora. Además, quien estudia la historia con detenimiento, debe ser consciente de lo arbitrario que es todo: los emperadores que hoy catalogamos como “buenos” cometieron todos crímenes que ahora aborreceríamos.

Translator: 
Diego Puls
Release date: 
april 2020
Number of pages: 
229
Publisher: 
Intermedio
ISBN: 
9789587579178

Via Roma

Die Geschichte Roms in 50 Straßen

Auf den Straßen der Ewigen Stadt durch 2000 Jahre römische Geschichte

Die junge niederländische Althistorikerin Willemijn van Dijk lädt den Leser ein, sich der über 2000-jährigen Geschichte der Stadt Rom auf einem ungewöhnlichen Weg zu nähern: Sie hat 50 Straßen und Plätze gewählt, die von den Zeiten des sagenhaften Gründers Romulus bis zu den Zeiten Mussolinis und die Gegenwart führen. Neben so bekannten Sehenswürdigkeiten wie die Piazza Navona oder den Trevibrunnen besucht sie auch abgelegenere und unbekanntere Orte, die alle auf Ihre Weise ein Stück Stadtgeschichte erzählen. Ein idealer Begleiter für die nächste Rom-Reise!

Translator: 
Nathalie Lemmens
Release date: 
Oktober 2017
Number of pages: 
288
Publisher: 
DVA / Penguin Random House
ISBN: 
9783421047809

비아 로마

로마의 50개 도로로 읽는 3천 년 로마 이야기

로마의 거리에서 3천년 로마 이야기를 듣는다

빌레메인 판 데이크Willemijn van Dijk의 [비아 로마]Via Roma는 로마의 50개 도로를 소재로 재미있게 로마를 소개하는 책이다. 로마의 한가운데를 흐르는 테베레 강에서부터 시작하여 포로 로마노를 한눈에 내려다볼 수 있는 타르페오 언덕길, 초기 로마에 왔던 에트루리아인들의 흔적인 벨라브로 길, 로마와 지중해를 잇는 동맥과도 같은 길인 아피아 가도, 고대 로마의 쓰레기 매립장이라고 할 수 있는 몬테 테스타치오 거리, 많은 신전과 기념물들이 모여 있는 포로 로마노 옆을 지나는 신성로 등 다양한 길들을 자세한 역사적 에피소드와 함께 소개한다. 뿐만 아니라 포르타 마조레 광장과 살루스티우스 광장, 아우구스투스 황제 광장, 캄피돌리오 광장, 스페인 광장 등 로마 곳곳의 광장들에 대해서도 그곳에 얽힌 역사적 사실들과 사건들 중심으로 이야기를 들려준다.

─ 고대 로마에 쓰레기 매립장이 있었다?
─ 카피톨리노 언덕의 바위에 “처형 바위”라는 이름이 생긴 까닭은?
─ 네로의 황금 궁전은 어디로 갔을까?
─ 콜로세움이라는 이름에 담긴 비밀은?
─ 로마 시내에서 경마 시합을?
─ 나보나 광장은 왜 대전차 경기장처럼 생겼을까?
─ 로마 시내를 개선 행진한 여성은 없을까?
─ 사람들은 언제부터 트레비 분수에 동전을 던지기 시작했을까?
─ 베드로 대광장에서 산탄젤로 다리에 이르는 넓은 길을 ‘화해의 길’이라고 부르는 이유는?

 

Release date: 
april 2019
Number of pages: 
312
Publisher: 
마인드큐브 (Mindcube)
ISBN: 
9791188434091