Patrick Zeidler
© Patrick Zeidler

Patrick Zeidler

University of Bonn
Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
Research Associate in Research Area B 
Embodied Dependencies
Adenauerallee 18–22
D-53113 Bonn


Social Inequality and Asymmetrical Dependency in Etruria:
An Archaeological Approach

My research project deals with the material and written evidence for different forms of social inequality and asymmetrical dependency in Etruria. The focus will be on the iconographic study of depictions of dependent and/or socially inferior people in Etruscan art like servants, craftsmen, prisoners and strangers. These numerous images occur in the period from the 6th to the 1st century B.C. in different classes of visual culture like Etruscan mural and vase paintings, urns, sarcophagi, mirrors, statuettes and gems as well as in the architectural decoration of sacral buildings and aristocratic residences.

A central issue of my research project will be the determination of the iconographic elements which have been used to show the dependency and/or social inequality of certain persons. In order to broaden the perspective Etruscan inscriptions and written sources from Greek and Roman authors will be considered, too. Therefore it will be possible to investigate how socially inferior and/or dependent people in Etruria saw themselves (e.g. inscriptions of freedmen) and to make a comparison with the point of view of the Etruscan aristocracy (e.g. mural paintings) and the Greek and Roman upper class (written sources). Furthermore, the results of my research will be contrasted with similar forms of social inequality and asymmetrical dependency in the Greek and Roman societies, which already have been investigated well in the last decades.


  • 2019–2022                 Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2016–2019                 M.A. in Classical Archaeology, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2018                             Study Abroad (Erasmus-Scholarship), University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy
  • 2015–2016                 Study Abroad (Erasmus-Scholarship), University of Vienna, Austria
  • 2013–2016                 B.A. in Archaeology, University of Munich, Germany

Academic Positions

  • 2019–present             Research Associate in Research Area B Embodied Dependencies, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2019–2021                 Editor of the journal Kölner und Bonner Archaeologica (KuBA), Universities of Bonn and Cologne, Germany
  • 2017–2019                 Student/Graduate Assistant, Department of Classical Archaeology, University of Bonn, Germany

Participation in Centers, Scientific Associations, Collaborative Projects

  • 2017–present             Member of the working group "AG Etrusker und Italiker" (DArV)
  • 2016–present             Member of the German Archaeologists' Association (DArV)

Selected Publications

  • Die Tötung der Niobiden: Die mythologische Überlieferung. Kat. 4. 26–29. 31. Iphigenie in Aulis. Kat. 11. In: F. Rumscheid, S. Schrenk, K. Kressirer (eds.): Göttliche Ungerechtigkeit? Strafen und Glaubensprüfungen als Themen antiker und frühchristlicher Kunst. Exhibition Catalogue Bonn, Petersberg 2018, 14–22; 26f; 58–66; 185–18
  • Handwerk und Produktion in Marzabotto. In: Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe (ed.): Die Etrusker. Weltkultur im antiken Italien. Exhibition Catalogue Karlsruhe, Darmstadt 2017, 170–171.
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