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Ancient History

The ancient historians in Groningen cover a wide range of subjects in teaching and research from the Greek period to late Antiquity, and from religion, culture and politics, to social and economic history. We are part of both a large History Department, and of a thriving Department of Classics. There are also close ties with the Department of Archaeology, as well with the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies. Our courses are offered in the BA and MA programmes of History, and Classics, as well as in the interdisciplinary Research Master Classical Medieval and Early Modern Studies .

The tenured staff are active researchers with international experience and wide national and international networks. Our research projects include: Political Culture, Religion and Identities from the Hellenistic Period to Late Antiquity . These are carried out locally under the aegis of ICOG , i.a. in the contexts of CRASIS and the Kossmann Institute . Nationally we take part in the National Research Schools OIKOS .

Our teaching and research are marked by a particular emphasis on interdisciplinary work. Besides classes in Ancient History, we organise joint courses. In our research projects we collaborate closely with archaeologists, classicists and historians of religion, and many of our PhD students are co-supervised by experts from these disciplines. Moreover, we also co-supervise students in these departments.

There is an active graduate community. Recent and current PhD subjects include: Citizens, elites and benefactors: The politics of generosity in Roman Asia Minor; Societal Changes reflected in material culture: the Greek agora in the Hellenistic and Roman periods; City and sanctuary in Hellenistic Asia Minor; Emperors and decurions in Italy (27 B.C- AD 68); Cultural identities in the Latin colonies of Central Italy; Patronage and social hierarchies in Rome; Finding the present in the distant past: the cultural meaning of antiquarianism in Late Antiquity; Carving communities in stone.

There is a regular interdisciplinary Ancient World Seminar which is organised by the Graduate students.

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