Intercultural interactions, imperialism and religion in the Ancient World

Our teaching and research focus on intercultural interactions, imperialism and religion in the Ancient Mediterranean, Middle East and Central Asia. A specific strength of our research group, is the integrated use of written and archaeological sources. Our team consists of experts in the history and culture of Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic Greece, the Roman Empire, Iran and Central Asia, the Hellenistic and Roman Near East, Jewish history, Late Antiquity and Early Islam. We run projects in the field of citizen science, and are developing a steady presence in the field of the digital humanities.

We also work on issues relating to the modern reception of the Ancient World, heritage management, and the colonial aspects of Classical Studies. We combine cutting-edge social and anthropological thinking with the latest techniques from the sciences, including archaeogenetics, isotope analysis, and radiocarbon dating. For more detailed information on what we do, please consult our Research Page.

To keep abreast of the latest developments, we run a New Discoveries Seminar that aims at involving students from across the Humanities, particularly those involved in our successful Research Master Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies.