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Prof. Dr. Weisweiler

Prof. Dr. John Weisweiler

Professor of Roman and Late-Antique History


Postal address:
Historisches Seminar der LMU
Alte Geschichte
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
80539 München

Visting address:
Historicum, Schellingstr. 12, Room K331
D-80799 München

Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 2372

Office hours:
Wednesdays, 3-4 pm

I am interested in the social, cultural and economic history of Roman élites. The questions which drive my research are: How does inequality arise? How can it be measured? How was it represented and justified? And how do Roman patterns of inequality differ from those prevalent in other societies?

Previous Career

Undergraduate studies in Classics at the University of Zurich and at Pembroke College, Cambridge (2001-2004).

MPhil in Classics, Pembroke College, Cambridge (Members’ Classical Essay Prize (2004-5).

Marie-Curie-Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Departments of Classics of the Universities of Chicago (2010-2012) and Heidelberg (2012-2014).

Wissenschaftlicher Assistent, Department Altertumswissenschaften, University of Basel (2013-2014).

Akademischer Rat a.Z., Seminar für Alte Geschichte, University of Tübingen (2014-2016).

Assistant Professor in the History of the Late-Antique Mediterranean and Near East, History Department, University of Maryland, College Park (2016-2018).

University Lecturer in Ancient History, University of Cambridge and Fellow and College Lecturer in Classics, St John's College, Cambridge (2018-2022).


Area editor for Roman history, Oxford Classical Dictionary.

Reviews editor, Journal of Late Antiquity.