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Hannu Riikonen

H. K. (Hannu) Riikonen
Born August 3, 1948, Helsinki

Master of Arts (Roman literature) 1970, Licentiate 1972, PhD 1978 (comparative literature), University of Helsinki

Professor of comaparative literature 1997–, University of Helsinki
Acting teaching and research assistant in Roman literature 1971–74, University of Helsinki
Acting assistant professor of literature 1974, University of Jyväskylä
Part-time lecturer in comparative literature, 1974–79, University of Helsinki, Helsinki Summer University
Acting assistant professor of comparative literature 1975, University of Helsinki
Docent in the history of literature 1978–95, University of Helsinki
Acting assistant professor, assistant professor and acting professor of comparative literature 1979–93, University of Turku
Professor of comparative literature and aesthetics 1994–97, University of Helsinki
Head of the Department of Art Studies, 1998–2001, vice-dean of the Faculty of Arts 2007–09, University of Helsinki

Research themes:
Influence of Greek and Roman culture, the history of Finnish translations, the history of science and learning, Pentti Saarikoski, Olavi Paavolainen, James Joyce and Ezra Pound

Publications, research projects and other academic activity

First Class Knight of the White Rose of Finland, badge of merit for 30 years service, Silver Medal of the University of Helsinki
Member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters and the Finnish Society of Science and Letters

Written by H. K. Riikonen (Kaija Hartikainen, ed.)
Translated by Matthew Billington

Greco-Roman Tradition in European Culture

In addition to comparative literature, professor H.K. Riikonen has studied Greek and Roman literature as well as general history. His research and more popular works mainly concentrate on ancient traditions in European literature and culture. His dissertation, written in German, dealt with representations of the ancient world in the historical novels of the 19th century, and he has written in English on such topics as Menippean satire. Together with Maarit Kaimio and Teivas Oksala he has published Antiikin kirjallisuus ja sen perintö (‘Ancient Literature and its Legacy’), which has long been used as a textbook.

Collaboration with his younger colleagues in Classical studies (Mika Kajava, Sari Kivistö, Erja Salmenkivi and Raija Sarasti-Wilenius) has also proved fruitful: with them Riikonen has edited and writen the books Kirjallisuus antiikin maailmassa (‘Literature in the Ancient World’), Kulttuuri antiikin maailmassa (‘Culture in the Ancient World’) and Mitä jokaisen tulisi tietää antiikista (‘What Everyone Should Know About the Ancient World’). He has also studied the legacy of the ancient world in his book Keisari satiirikkona (‘The Emperor as a Satirist’).

Photo from the home archive of H.K. Riikonen.


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