Anne Kolb is Professor for Ancient History. She studied ancient history, classical archaeology and classical philology in Heidelberg and Oxford. In 1992 she completed her doctorate with a work on “Die kaiserliche Bauverwaltung in der Stadt Rom. Geschichte und Aufbau der cura operum publicorum unter dem Prizipat”. Between 1994 and 1995 she was enabled to do researches in Freiburg and Rome with a scholarship by the Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung. After having been Assistant and Senior Assistant at the universities of Basel and Zürich she habilitated in 2000 with a work entitled “Transport und Nachrichtentransfer im Römischen Reich”. Since 2005 she has been helding a professorship at the Universität Zürich. Her work focuses on regime structures and –practices in ancient states as well as on the social and cultural history of the Roman Empire. Several of her research projects investigate epigraphic and papyrologic problems, such as the project on Roman inscriptions found in some regions of Switzerland which where in ancient times part of the Roman province Germania superior. Organised in collaboration with the Universität Osnabrück and the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften the results of this research will be published within the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum. During her research stay at Topoi Anne Kolb works on a publication on Rome`s size which is entitled “Roms Größe”. She contributes to this publication by preparing a manuscript on the basis of Roman literary transmissions regarding questions of perception terminology and evaluation terminology. Her main aim is to elaborate the building tasks, the presentation and terming of efforts terminologically and the way of evaluating these.