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Paavo Hohti

Paavo Hohti
Born October 19, 1944, Helsinki

PhD 1976 (Greek and Roman literature), University of Helsinki
Docent 1977–, University of Tampere and University of Helsinki

Managing Director 2004–13, Council of Finnish Foundations
Director 1980–89, Secretary General 1990–2004, Finnish Cultural Foundation
Lecturer in Latin 1971–80, University of Tampere

Board member 2011, Bonier Books Finland
Board of administration member 1990–99, Board of directors 1999–2008
WSOY Board of administration member 1991–99

Research themes and publications:
Studies of the historical writing and rhetoric of ancient Greece and Byzantium, and papyrology.

Acta Byzantina Fennica, editorial work 1985–90

Finnish translation of Aristotle’s Poetics and Rhetoric (1997)

Publications on the activities and history of private foundations

Awards and honours:
Honorary title of professor 2003

First Class Knight of the White Rose of Finland, Commander of the Order of the Holy Lamb, Commander, first class, of the Greek Order of Honour

Photo: Ida Pimenoff
Written by Olli Siitonen
Translated by Matthew Billington

Getting to Know the Main Library

Paavo Hohti enjoys hunting and fishing in his spare time, and running the Linkkumylly holiday resort together with his wife Kristiina Hohti has brought much joy to the couple.

However, Linkkumylly is now for sale and Hohti says that it is time to head for new adventures. The retired professor also hints at research projects and ideas.

Photo by Veikko Somerpuro

When at the University, Hohti finds himself anxiously awaiting the completion of the renovation of the National Library. But he has found a pleasant new place to write on the 4th floor of the Main Library, amidst familiar books. Although he is charmed by the library, he shares a common concern with the students.

“The only problem is that sometimes it is difficult to find a place to read.”

Photo by Veikko Somerpuro


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