Thoralf Schröder studied Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Ancient History and Media & Communication Studies in Göttingen, Rostock, Heidelberg and Munich. His dissertation dealt with Roman Portraits of the Provinces Achaea and Macedonia. Until 2012 he was Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of the Ancient World (IZAW) at the Freie Universität Berlin and Staff Member of the Institute of Classical Archaeology.