Aetiology of Culture (PLUS-14)

Additional project

Within this project the varieties of aetiological genres, modes and media will be systematically explored and described. The aim is to understand and chart the typical functions of aetiologies in their respective historical contexts and explaining them with reference to the diverse ancient and pre-modern civilizations in which they occur.

Maritime Revolution? Sextus Pompeius and the genesis of the Principate (B-1-1-4)

Dissertation

This project investigates the role the sea played in the representation and legitimation of Sextus Pompeius and explores the importance of such representation- and legitimation-patterns in the wake of the war between Sextus Pompeius and Octavian. Thus, the research project also explores the adoption of such patterns by the first princeps Augustus. The aim of this project is to shed light on the genesis of the notion of imperial maritime domination.

Räumliches Handeln im griechischen Roman (C-4-4-2)

Dissertation

This Ph.D. project analyses form, structure and function of spatial representations in the Greek novels. These novels have long been regarded as a tightly knit generic corpus and been read as mere cosmetic recyclings of the same story. Yet recent research concentrated increasingly on the differences between the individual texts.

 

Literary studies on imperial Greek doxographical texts (B-5-2-2)

Dissertation

The project aims to investigate a certain group of imperial Greek texts known as ‘doxographical texts’ from a literary perspective. The primary aim is to show that doxography is an independent literary form of philosophico-scientific re-writing within the larger context of imperial Greek literature.

Eastern Promises of Salvation (B-5-COFUND-1)

Third-party funded project

The project set out to examine how ancient Christianities located beyond the frontiers of Rome in late antique Western and Central Asia were shaped by the dual promises of empire and salvation.

The water clock (A-3-8)

Research project

The project uses 3-D-scans of preserved water clocks to measure and to analyse these genuine testimonies of ancient technology in detail with reference to their development and their functionality in a previously unique way.

Early Christianity in the Kalykadnos valley and adjacent areas (B-5-4-1)

Dissertation

This project investigates the history of early Christianity in the Kalykadnos valley and adjacent areas. To fulfill this task a cross-disciplinary approach has been chosen. A variety of sources – ranging from literary to epigraphic and archaeological material – is taken into account.