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Prof. Dr. Martin Bentz

Principal Investigator

Martin Bentz

University of Bonn
Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology
Department for Classical Archaeology
Am Hofgarten 21
D-53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 / (0)228 / 73 7735



Current Position

Deputy Director of the Institute of Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology
Spokesperson of the DFG Graduate School 1878


Martin Bentz studies different forms of dependency in the Greek and pre-Roman world of the first millenium BC, beginning with the material evidence – archaeological data and ancient images – and contextualizing them with literary sources. Particular attention is given to the different actors in economic processes: slaves, metics (foreigners with limited rights) and free citizens, collaborating in different and changing types of relationships and working as slaves, day laborers, tenants or independent entrepreneurs.

3 monographs, 16 edited volumes, 52 articles and 12 reviews. Numerous national and international lectures and presentations, 8 completed and 14 ongoing doctorates, 39 Magister and Master and 9 Bachelor theses as supervisor/first reviewer.


  • 1997                   Habilitation and Venia legendi in Classical Archaeology
  • 1986–1989         Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology, University of Göttingen, Germany
  • 1980–1986         M.A in Classical Archaeology, Prehistory and Ancient History, University of Cologne (Germany),
                               Università degli Studi Florence (Italy), and University of Göttingen (Germany)

Academic Positions

  • 2011/12              Chaire internationale en archéologie grecque Eleni Hatzivassiliou at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium
  • 2004–present     Professor of Classical Archaeology, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 1999–2004         Managing Editor of the Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities
  • 1991–1999         Research Associate, Chair of Classical Archaeology, University of Regensburg, Germany
  • 1990–1991         Research Associate, Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum)


  • 2011                   Professor, University of Würzburg, Germany

Participation in Academic Centers and Consortium Projects

  • 2016–present     Member of the DFG Expert Commission 101 (Ancient Cultures)
  • 2013–present     Spokesperson for the DFG Research Training Group 1878 "Archeology of Pre-Modern Economies"
  • 2006–present     Member of the "Center for the Classical Tradition" (CCT)

Additional Academic Activities

  • Head of archaeological excavations in Marzabotto (2002–2007) and in Selinunte (2010–2016)
  • President of the German Archaeologists’ Association (DArV) 2008–2012
  • Curator and member of the scientific advisory board of numerous exhibitions and projects
  • Organizer of many international conferences
  • Member of various advisory boards of international journals
  • Co-editor of "Kölner und Bonner Archaeologika" (KuBA), "Studien zur Wirtschaftsarchäologie", "Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsarchäologie", "Gnomon"
  • Expert for national and international research organizations, institutions and foundations

Third-Party Funding

  • DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) (collaborative project 2015–2016)
  • EU (collaborative project 2012–2014)
  • Mercator Foundation (collaborative project 2010–2015)
  • DFG (Graduate Program and 2 individual projects since 2010)
  • Fritz Thyssen Foundation (four individual projects, since 2004)

Selected Publications

  • With C. Reusser (eds.): Etruskisch-italische und römisch-republikanische Häuser. [Etruscan-Italian and Roman-Republican Houses]. Wiesbaden 2010.
  • (ed.): Rasna. Die Etrusker. [Rasna – The Etruscans]. Petersberg 2008.
  • With C. Reusser: Marzabotto. Planstadt der Etrusker. [Marzabotto.The Etruscan‘s Planned City]. Mainz 2008.
  • Spiel um Leben und Tod? Gewalt und Athletik in klassischer Zeit. [A Play about Life and Death? Violence and Athletics in Classic Times]. In: G. Fischer, S. Moraw (eds.): Die andere Seite der Klassik. Gewalt im 5. und 4. Jh. v. Chr. [Classical Antiquity’s Other Side. Violence in the 5th and 4th Century B.C]. Stuttgart 2005, 129–141.
  • (ed.): Vasenforschung und Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. Standortbestimmung und Perspektiven. [Vase Research and Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. Positions and Perspectives]. Munich 2002.
  • With C. Dehl-von Kaenel: Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Göttingen 2. Munich 2001.
  • With C. Mann: Zur Heroisierung von Athleten. [On the Heroization of Athletes]. In: R. von den Hoff, S. Schmidt (eds.): Konstruktionen von Wirklichkeit. Bilder im Griechenland des 5. und 4. Jhs. v. Chr. [Constructions of Reality. Images in Greece from the 5th and 4th Century B.C.]. Günzburg (1999/2001), 225-240.
  • Panathenäische Preisamphoren. Eine athenische Vasengattung und ihre Funktion vom 6.-4. Jhs. v. Chr. [Panathenaic Price-Amphoraes. An Athenian Type of Vase and its Function from 6th-4th BC]. Basel 1998.
  • Etruskische Votivbronzen des Hellenismus. [Etruscan Votive Bronzes of Hellenistic Time]. Florence 1992.
  • With F. Rumscheid: Griechische Vasen aus Unteritalien. [Greek Vases from Southern Italy]. Göttingen 1987.
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