Jaana Vaahtera

University Lecturer, Department of Classics (School of Languages and Translation Studies)

+358 29 450 3343
+358 50 432 2280

Koskenniemenkatu 4
Office: 101

Areas of expertise
classical philology; history of ancient linguistics; ancient rhetoric; Dante Alighieri; De vulgari eloquentia; grammatical gender in ancient linguistics; word-formation in ancient linguistics


I studied Classics at the University of Turku and I am currently a university lecturer of classical languages.


My research concentrates on how people in antiquity thought about language and its use, and how they formulated their thoughts. I have studied, for instance, the concept of grammatical gender in ancient linguistics. Recently, I have also studied the De vulgari eloquentia written by Dante Alighieri.


I have taught Classics for over 20 years and, from the very beginning, considered the ancient texts, from Homer to Church Fathers, to be the core of the teaching.


Miehekästä järjenkäyttöä (2017)
Hiiskuttua: Turun yliopiston humanistisen tiedekunnan verkkolehti
Jaana Vaahtera
E1 Popularised article, newspaper article)

Noble Negation: The Value of Linguistic Spaces in Dante’s De vulgari eloquentia (2016)
P. M. Mehtonen, Jaana Vaahtera
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Il De vulgari eloquentia e un vernacolo settentrionale: la traduzione in finlandese (2015)
Settentrione: Nuova Serie
Vaahtera Jaana
B1 Journal article)

Word Formation (‘paragōgḗ/súnthesis’), Ancient Theories of (2013) Encyclopedia of ancient Greek language and linguistics Jaana Vaahtera
A3 Book chapter)

Last updated on 2019-21-07 at 02:20