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With three full chairs (Prof. Dr. Jens-Uwe Krause, Prof. Dr. Karen Radner and Prof. Dr. Martin Zimmermann), four tenured academic positions (Dr. Jamie Novotny, Dr. Christian Reitzenstein-Ronning, Dr. Robert Schiestl and Dr. Denise Reitzenstein) and four academic assistantships (Dr. Alexander Free, N.N., Dr. Alexa Bartelmus, and Dr. Henry Heitmann-Gordon), 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. At Munich, Ancient History is studied from the first appearance of written sources in Egypt and Southern Iraq during the late 4th millennium BCE onwards and canvasses the area from the Iberian Peninsula to Central Asia. 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, the emergence of Athenian democracy in the context of the Ancient Near East, 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