Henri Willy Pleket

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Henri Willy Pleket , also Harry Willy Pleket or HW Pleket (born September 22, 1930 in Haarlemmermeer ) is a Dutch ancient historian and epigraphist .

Pleket studied classical studies at the University of Leiden , where he received his doctorate in ancient history in 1958. From 1960 to 1967 he was a research assistant at the University of Leiden, then until 1976 lecturer (lector) . In 1976 he became professor of ancient history as well as Greek and Latin epigraphy in Leiden; December 1993 he retired.

The focus of Pleket's research is epigraphy. From 1978 to 2003 he was editor of the Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum . In addition, he published on ancient social and economic history as well as the history of the ancient Olympic Games . Pleket is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences and the Academia Europaea .


  • The Greek Inscriptions in the 'Rijksmuseum van Oudheden' at Leyden . Brill, Leiden 1958.
  • Epigraphica . 2 volumes. Brill, Leiden 1964 and 1969.
  • Epigrafiek en oude geschiedenis . Brill, Leiden 1964.
  • (with Moses I. Finley ): The Olympic Games. The first thousand years . Chatto & Windus, London 1964.
    German translation: The Ancient Olympic Games . Wunderlich, Tübingen 1976, ISBN 3-8052-0263-6 .
  • (with HW Singor, Hendrik Simon Versnel ): Korte maatschappijgeschiedenis van de antieke wereld . Wolters-Noordhoff, Groningen 1983, ISBN 90-01-71280-0 .


  • How is like in Nederland 1984/88 . The Hague 1984.
  • JHM Strubbe et al. (Ed.): Energeia. Studies on ancient history and epigraphy presented to HW Pleket . Gieben, Amsterdam 1996, ISBN 90-5063-426-5 .
  • Willem Jongman, Marc Kleijwegt (Ed.): After the past. Essays in ancient history in honor of HW Pleket . Brill, Leiden 2002, ISBN 90-04-12816-6 .

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