Monika Schuol is Visiting Professor of Ancient History at Freie Universität Berlin. She studied Protestant theology, Biblical Archaeology, Ancient History, Ancient Orientalistics, Near Eastern Archaeology at Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Freie Universität Berlin, Kirchliche Hochschule Berlin and Universität Konstanz. In 1998 she received a PhD from Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel with a thesis entitled “Die Charakene. Ein mesopotamisches Königreich in hellenistisch-parthischer Zeit”. Following this she habilitated in 2005. After being appointed substitute professor at the universites Dresden, Frankfurt, Bremen, Rostock, Oldenburg, Berlin and Chemmnitz, she was appointed as researcher at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg in 2014. Her research interests comprise all ages of the antiquity and particularly the cultural contact between Orient and Occident with a focus on its transformation processes. At Topoi she carries out her research within the research project (B-1-6) Die Bildliche Darstellung von Raum in der Tabula Peutingeriana.