Wim Verbaal took his Ph.D. at Ghent University in 2000 with a dissertation on the writing strategies of Bernard of Clairvaux, the title of his thesis being A Divine Tragedy. Triumph and Defeat in the Word by Bernard of Clairvaux. Since 2005, he teaches Latin Language and Literature at Ghent University. His research areas are the literature of the twelfth century, writings and spirituality of and around Bernard of Clairvaux and Peter Abelard, and Latin poetics after Antiquity. He teaches courses on a positional reading method of classical Latin, in close reading of Vergil, on comparative thematic readings of Latin literature from Antiquity to Modern Times and on Reception History. He is co-responsible for the course on Translation Theory and Practice: The Classics. Translating from Latin remains a continuous activity and challenge to him.