Otto Steinmayer: Publications, Editing, Translations,

together with texts prepared and posted as internet resources

Book or part of book
Articles in Scholarly Journals
Co-Authorships in Academic Papers
Column: "Classic Ground"
Book Reviews
Internet Texts

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Book or part of book

Jalai Jako' Iban: a Basic Grammar of the Iban Language of Sarawak. Star Company: Kuching, Sarawak, 1999.   (Reviewed by Prof. Alexander Adelaar in Borneo Research Bulletin, vol. 35, 2004, 212-213.)

Herculei Labores and Festina Lente: Two Essays  Translated from the Adagiaof Desiderius Erasmus.  Lundu, Sarawak, by the author, 1999.  With introduction and notes.  Also published on the internet at: and

"Classic Problems: Classic Solutions." in Challenges of Reading the New and the Old , ed. Lim Chee Seng, Dept. of English, Universiti Malaya, in association with MACLALS, 1995.

"Classical Literary References to the Electric Ray," Appendix D in Whittaker, V.P.: The Cholinergic Neuron and its Target: the Electromotor Innervation of the Electric Ray Torpedo as a Model. Birkhˆ§user, Basel, 1992.

"Parnassus set by the ears: music and poets in early 18th century England," in Perspectives , 1989, Kuala Lumpur, pp. 21-51.

Articles in Scholarly Journals

Review of Heidi Munan, Food Heritage of Sarawak: A Cultural Perspective. (2012, Al-Bukhary Series II. [Kuala Lumpur]: Department of National Heritage]. Borneo Research Bulletin. vol. 43, 2012. 300-302.


Review of Paul Spencer Sochaczewski, An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles: Campfire Conversation with Alfred Russel Wallace on People and Nature Based on Common Travel in the Malay Archipelago. (2012, Singapore: Editions Dider Millet).Borneo Research Bulletin. vol. 43, 2012, 294-296.


"Letter from Lundu." [ ]. Borneo Research Bulletin, vol. 43,  2012,  255-257.


"Letter from Lundu" [5]. Borneo Research Bulletin, vol. 38, 2007, 207-209.

Review of J. C. B. Petropoulos: Eroticism in Ancient and Medieval Greek Poetry. In Classical Bulletin  81.2 (2005) p. 219-220

"Letter from Lundu" [4]. Borneo Research Bulletin, vol. 37, 2006, 193-194.

Review of Sophie Gibson: Aristoxenus of Tarentum and the Birth of Musicology.   In the (on-line) Bryn Mawr  Classical Review

"Letter from Lundu" [3].  Borneo Research Bulletin, vol. 36, 2005, 229-230.

Review of Bob Reece: The White Rajahs of Sarawak, a Borneo Dynasty (Archipelago Press, Singapore).   Borneo Research Bulletin, vol. 35, 2004, 209-210.

"A Letter from Lundu" [2]. Borneo Research Bulletin, vol. 35, 2004, 184-185.

"A Letter from Lundu" [1]. Borneo Research Bulletin, vol. 34, 2003, 151-152.

Review of Judith Heimann: The Most Offending Soul Alive: Tom Harrisson and his Remarkable Life (University of Hawai'i Press).  Borneo Research Bulletin, vol. 33, 2002, 191-194. {reprinted from publication in the New Straits Times.  See below.]

Review of Daryl Hine: Puerilities: Erotic Epigrams of The Greek Anthology (Princeton University Press).   Bryn Mawr Classical Review.

    response by the Lambda Classical Caucus:

    reply by Otto Steinmayer:

Review of Yong K.T., Tan Sri Datuk Amar Stephen : A Life Twice Lived: A Memoir  and Ong Kee Hui, Tan Sri Datuk (Dr): Footprints on Sarawak: Memoirs... Journal of the Malaysian Branch, Royal Asiatic Society  vol. lxxiii part 1, 2000, 126-129.

Review of Kenneth Rexroth, Poems from the Greek Anthology, expanded edition. Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Review of Morwood Four Tragedies of Euripides (Oxford University Press). Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Review of John G. Younger, Music in the Ancient Mediterranean. Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Response to Who Killed Homer? Arion , third series, 7.2 (fall 1999) 181-184.

"Groping in the Closet: Response to Walker's 'This Peculiar Acuteness of Feeling'".Borneo Research Bulletin. 1998 (vol. 29) pp. 203-208.

"The Bow in the Groves of India," Arion , third series 5.1, (spring/summer 1997) 130-142.

Review of Spenser St. John,The Life of Sir James Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak . [Reprint with an introduction by R.H.W. Reece, Oxford University Press, Kuala Lumpur, 1994] in Borneo Research Bulletin , vol 27 (1996), 159-162.

Review of James Ritchie, Bruno Manser: The Inside Story . [Summer Times, Singapore, 1994] in Borneo Research Bulletin , vol 27 (1996), 162-166.

"A Distant Music" review of Martin L. West, Ancient Greek Music (Oxford University Press) Arion third series, 4.3 (winter 1997) 223-236.

"Bow and Arrow in the Groves of Ind" with Michael A. B. Deakin. Function , vol. 21 part 1 (February 1997)

"Under the Toga" Times Literary Supplement , no. 4715, 13 August 1993 (Letters).

"The loincloth of Borneo." Sarawak Museum Journal, vol. xlii, no. 63 (new series), Dec. 1991, pp. 43-59, ills.

"Satyrs and the People With Tails: a possible reference to Borneo in Ptolemy's Geography?" Sarawak Gazette . vol. cxviii, no. 1517, Sept. 1991, pp. 29-32.

"The Borneo Literature Bureau: publications in Iban and other Bornean languages: a bibilography." in Borneo Research Bulletin , v. 22, #2, Sept. 1990, pp. 114-129.

"The 'palang' and Kˆ¢masˆªtra 7.2.14-24" in Purba, the Journal of the Malaysian Museum Society. 9/1990, pp. 67-72.

"Bacchius Geron's Introduction to the art of music" [an annotated translation and textual study of this 4th. c. A.D. theorist.] in Journal of Music Theory , fall 1985, pp.





Lokman H. Hassan, M. Moghavvemi, Haider A. F. Almurib, Otto Steinmayer.  "Current state of neural networks applications in power system monitoring and control." International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems, vol 51 (October 2013), 134-144.

Lokman H. Hassan, M. Moghavvemi, Haider A.F. Almurib, Otto Steinmayer. "Application of genetic algorithm in optimization of unified power flow controller parameters and its location in the power system network." The International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems. 46 (March 2013) 89–97.

"Violence: Finding Peace." Science, 327: vol. 338, 19 October 2012. Geoffrey Benjamin, Robert K. Dentan, Charles Macdonald, Kirk M. Endicott, Otto Steinmayer,  Barbara S. Nowak.




Column: "Classic Ground." The New Straits Times.

  1. 7 Aug 1991: "Fresh from the morning of the world." [Introductory; Ptolemy on Malaya]
  2. 21 Aug 1991: "Love, death, and everything." [the Greek Anthology]
  3. 4 Sept 1991: "The best of the Akhaians." [Homer, Iliad .]
  4. 18 Sept 1991: "Seascape with monsters." [Homer, Odyssey .]
  5. 2 Oct 1991: "In the beginning was the word." [Sanskrit poetry.]
  6. 16 Oct 1991: "The music may be gone but the words live on." [lyric poetry]
  7. 30 Oct 1991: "One good reason to learn Latin." [Roman poetry, Catullus]
  8. 13 Nov 1991: "The goat-winning tragedies of Aeschylus." [Aeschylus]
  9. 27 Nov 1991: "Finding a common poetic language." [Chinese poetry]
  10. 11 Dec 1991: "The ancient art of 'painting white black.'" [rhetoric]
  11. 25 Dec 1991: "History and the disease called politics." [Thucydides]
  12. 8 Jan 1992: "The Greeks and their gods." [ancient religion.]
  13. 22 Jan 1992: "Crossing the barriers between the past and us." [general reflections on the appreciation of the past]
  14. 19 Feb 1992: "Time and the rhythms of life and literature." [differing perceptions of time in temperate and tropical area poetry.]
  15. 4 Mar 1992: "Fables tell us what life is really like." [Aesop]
  16. 18 March 1992:"The alternative to prettified words." [ancient prose.]
  17. 1 Apr 1992: "Feast of funnies from the ancients." [strange stories]
  18. 15 Apr 1992: "Feelings of the past by post." [letters]
  19. 29 Apr 1992: "The best things of life to the Greeks." [general, on the act of writing, and culture.]
  20. 13 May 1992: "The pity and terror of a great tragedy." [Sophocles, Oedipus the King .]
  21. 27 May 1992: "Sweet and bitter are the uses of satire."
  22. 10 June 1992: "The curling tendrils of Dayak poetry."
  23. 24 June 1992: "The beginnings of nature poetry." [pastoral]
  24. 8 July 1992: "National Literature a long time coming." [the concept of "national language and literature in antiquity]
  25. 22 July 1992: "Socrates' search for the Good in life." [Socrates, life and ethical philosophy.]
  26. 5 Aug 1992: "The most tragic of the poets." [Euripides]
  27. 19 Aug 1992: "The King of Old Comedy." [Aristophanes]
  28. 2 Sept 1992: "Learning life's whys and hows through literature." [poetry; Plutarch On the Daimon of Sokrates. final column.]

Book reviews, also in The New Straits Times , and New Sunday Times .

  1. 10 Apr 1991: "Anti-historical novel of unrelieved misery." Charles Palliser, The quincunx .
  2. 31 May 1991: "An insight into Brooke's raj." Henry Keppel, The expedition to Borneo of HMS Dido.
  3. 24 July 1991: "It's love that will make the world go on." Nicholas Mosley, Hopeful monsters . [novel]
  4. 28 July 1991: "Hollywood hacks and schmucks." Ian Hamilton, Writers in Hollywood.
  5. 11 Aug 1991: "Their majesties' 'secret histories.'" Elizabeth Longford, The Oxford book of royal anecdotes.
  6. 23 Aug 1991: "The future as we will suffer it." Alvin Toffler, Powershift .
  7. 28 Aug 1991: "Seven of the best from Argentina." Raul Galvez, From the ashen land of the virgin: conversations with Bioy Casares, Borges, Deveni, Etchecopar, Ocampo, Orozco, Sabato in Argentina.
  8. 30 October 1991: "Marquez makes history into magic." Gabriel Garcˆ‚a Mˆ°rquez, The General in his Labyrinth. Penguin.
  9. 28 December 1991: "The best reads of the year" Gabriel Garcˆ‚a Mˆ°rquez, The General in his Labyrinth. Penguin.
  10. 15 Feb 1992: "Continuity and kinks, from Mosley's point of view." Nicholas Mosley, Imago Bird. [novel]
  11. 1 Mar 1992: "Thanks for these reprints." William O. Krohn, In Borneo jungles , and Carl Lumholz, Through central Borneo.
  12. 29 Mar 1992: "The master of pun and fun." S.J. Perelman, The most of S.J. Perelman.
  13. 11 Apr 1992: "Quantum leap for the 'experimental' novel." Nicholas Mosley, Catastrophe practice and Judith .
  14. 2 May 1992: "Wrong views of the Balinese corrected." Gordon D. Jensen and Luh Ketut Suryani, The Balinese people: a reinvestigation of character. OUP
  15. 13 June 1992: "History as it should be written." Graham Saunders, Bishops and Brookes: the anglican mission and the Brooke raj in Sarawak 1848-1941. OUP
  16. 15 August 1992: "Early Sarawak sketched with style and sensibility." Harriette McDougall, Sketches of our life in Sarawak, OUP
  17. 2 January 1993: "More best reads of 1993." Brian Vickers, Bali, a Paradise Created. Periplus.
  18. 3 April 1993 [Business Times ] "A guide to state of local arts in the 80s." Kee Thuan Chye, just in so many words. Heinmann.
  19. 24 April 1993: "In search of the monkey with the big snout." David MacDonald, Expedition to Borneo . S. Abdul Majeed.
  20. 8 May 1993: "Borneo before good human things got lost." Victor King, comp. and ed., The Best of Borneo Travel . OUP.
  21. 15 May 1993: "A major 'event' in Borneo studies." Charles Hose, The Pagan Tribes of Borneo. OUP.
  22. 25 Sept 1993: "OCD is OK but is it VFM?" The Oxford Dictionary of Abbreviations.
  23. 4 Dec 1993: "Post-modern satire on real life." Malcolm Bradbury, Doctor Criminale . Penguin.
  24. 22 Jan 1994: "Borneo before the deluge." Eric Hansen, Stranger in the Forest.
  25. 19 Feb 1994: "Hornaday's hunt." William T. Hornaday, The Experiences of a Naturalist in the Malay Peninsula and Borneo.
  26. 5 March 1994: "Photos say it all for Borneo's living beauty." Max Lawrence and Paul Chai, Borneo Alive.
  27. 21 May 1994: "Antiquity for the Common Reader." John Boardman et a;.,The Oxford History of the Classical World.
  28. 30 July 1994: "Iban way to cope with change." Peter M. Kedit, Iban Bejalai .
  29. 29 Oct 1994: "Ritchie's ragout." James Ritchie, Bruno Manser: The Inside Story .
  30. 8 April 1995: "One of the noblest of men." Spenser St. John, The Life of Sir James Brooke.
  31. 12 April 1995: "Poets, by all means get worked up." Letter to editor, Literary Page.
  32. 13 May 1995: "Great guide to paradise." Adrian Vickers, Travelling to Bali.
  33. 30 Aug 1995: "Tough act following a tougher one." Joseph Heller, Closing Time.
  34. 18 January 1996: "Elegy in memory of the late judge Eustoffe." [English translation]
  35. 8 February 1996: "Elegiac verse to the memory of the ex-judge". [Latin text]
  36. 28 April 1996: "In defence of Abdullah Hussain." Letter to editor, Literary Page.
  37. 22 Oct 1996: "Understanding the middle voice."
  38. 16 Nov 1996: "Chances are you will like this book." Peter L. Bernstein, Against the Gods: the Remarkable Story of Risk.
  39. 11 Jan 1997: "Truth duller than fiction." Robert M. Gates, From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider's Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War.
  40. 8 March 1997: "Getting a grip on shadow play." David Irvine, Leather Gods and Wooden Heroes: Java's Classical Wayang.
  41. 26 April 1997:"The best book on the subject." Robin Baker, Sperm Wars: the Science of Sex.
  42. 2 August 1997:"Postcards from the past." Rajah Brooke's Borneo .
  43. 9 August 1997:"Dyeing that's certainly not dead." Kim Jane Saunders, Contemporary Tie and Dye Textiles of Indonesia.
  44. 1 April 1998: "Charged with grand larceny." Poking a little fun at Amir Muhammad.
  45. 3 Februaru 1999: "Poignant and panoramic." Bob Reece, Masa Jepun: Sarawak under the Japanese, 1941-1945.
  46. 19 January 2000: "Burma: Suffering is part of life." Rory Maclean, Under the Dragon: Travels in a Betrayed Land.
  47. 31 May 2000: "Champion of Iban self-sufficiency." Vernon L. Poritt, Bapak Guru Orang Bisaya, A Pioneer in Social Experimentation in Sarawak: Ro Bewsher,1910-1998.
  48. 9 August 2000:"The Most Offending Soul Alive." Judith M. Heimann, The Most Offending Soul Alive: Tom Harrisson and his Remarkable Life. New Reality , vol 3. no. 3 (May/June 2000), 8.
  49. 7 January 2001: "Useful and beautiful." Heidi Munan, Sarawak Crafts: methods, materials, and motifs.
  50. 7 March 2001: "The Orang Asli as they really are." Colin Nicholas, The Orang Asli and the Contest for Resources: Indigenous Politics, Development and Identity in Peninsular Malaysia.
  51. 1 April 2001: " Dennis Lau--images that capture the soul." Dennis Lau, Borneo: a Photographic Journey.



Texts and other resources created and posted by me on the internet

Jaap Schröder  On-Line Discography (prepared in cooperation with Mr. Schröder).