Jona Lendering read history at Leiden University (MA 1993). After teaching historical theory and ancient history at the Free University Amsterdam for some time, he was one of the founders of a school for history teaching, Livius Onderwijs.
Because the humanities only matter when the results are presented to a larger audience and because history is for a large part telling a story, something you do best in your own language, Lendering prefers to publish in Dutch. He is the author of several books, including the award-winning De rand van het Rijk/Edge of Empire. His last book, De klad in de klassieken (“Classics in Decline”) offers an overview of the theoretical framework of classical studies (ancient history, archaeology, philology…), an analysis of the demise of the humanities in the Netherlands, and the recommendation to create a new institutional framework for scholarship.
Lendering is currently writing on the separation of Judaism and Christianity. He maintains a blog on ancient history and a Dutch blog. For the Livius website, which was awarded the “Oikos publieksprijs” by the Dutch classicists in 2010. He collaborates closely with Bill Thayer of LacusCurtius.