Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Christoph Markschies

Christoph Markschies, born 1962 in Berlin, studied Theology, classical Philology and Philosophy in Marburg, Jerusalem, Munich and Tübingen. He holds the chair of Ancient Christianity at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He is member of the Academy of Sciences of Berlin, Erfurt and Heidelberg as well as the European Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Akademia Europea. From 2006 to 2010 he was president of the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Christoph Markschies researches the forms of ecclesiastical organization and transfer of knowledge in Ancient Christianity. Christianity competed successfully with older cults and other forms of organization of the public sphere. Ancient Christianity organized itself according to the existing religious and civil forms of organization and adapted to the regional or national structures. Some of the main questions of his research are: What mechanisms did Christianity develop to reorganize public space as Christian space? What strategies where used to represent Christianity in public space? His other fields of interests are history of science in antiquity (esp. medicine), ancient philosophy and Gnosticism. His current research is focused on History of Christianization of antiquity and reception history of Platonism.