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With three full chairs (Prof. Dr. Jens-Uwe Krause/Prof. Dr. John Weisweiler, Prof. Dr. Karen Radner and Prof. Dr. Martin Zimmermann), five tenured academic positions (Dr. Jamie Novotny, PD Dr. Christian Reitzenstein-Ronning, PD Dr. Denise Reitzenstein, Dr. Robert Schiestl, and Dr. Frauke Weiershäuser) and five academic assistantships (Dr. Alexa Bartelmus, Dr. Mary Frazer, Dr. Alexander Free, Dr. Henry Heitmann-Gordon, and Dr. Moritz Hinsch), as well as two secretaries (Alexandra Heineck and Thea Dunst) the Institute of Ancient History at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich is among the largest centres of teaching and research in Ancient History both in Germany and worldwide. The staff further includes numerous associate lecturers, as well as the employees of several externally funded projects and additional teaching staff. more

The Institute of Ancient History has increasingly shifted its research interests in recent years, moving away from traditional areas of interest, such as the history of events and constitutional history, and towards other promising areas. These include cultural, social, and economic history, the history of mentalities and everyday life, as well as regional studies. Particular areas of interest currently include research on violence and crime in Antiquity, the historical topography of Asia Minor, the Nile Delta and Northern Mesopotamia, the history of the family and of ancient ritual, the diachronic historical study of Anatolian law from the Hittites to the Roman period, the transformation of urban culture in Late Antiquity, as well as mechanisms of power in early empires. The Institute further focuses on the Digital Humanities, especially on creating and updating an online corpus of texts, the "Ancient Records of Middle Eastern Polities" (ARMEP). more