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Prof. Dr. Winfried Schmitz

Principal Investigator

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Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

Institute of History, Department of Ancient History

Am Hof 1e, 53113 Bonn

Tel.: +49 228 73-7415

E-Mail: wschmitz[at]uni-bonn.de

 

Current Position: 

University Professor for Ancient History (C4); Head of the Project "Forschungen zur antiken Sklaverei" (“Research on Ancient Slavery”) at the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz, Germany)

Education 

1977-1985      M.A. Studies in Ancient, Medieval and Modern History and Classical Archaeology, Universities of                                   Cologne and Freiburg
1985                Doctoral Thesis in Ancient History, University of Freiburg
1995                Habilitation and Venia legendi in Ancient History, University of Freiburg

Academic Positions

1985-1989      Research Associate at the Friedrich-Meinecke-Institute of the FU Berlin
1989-1991      Scientific Trainee at the Directorate of the Rheinische Landesmuseum Bonn
1992-1995      Postdoctoral Scholarship (Habilitation) of the German Research Foundation
1996-1998      Professor of Ancient History, Ruhr-University Bochum 
1998-2003      Professor of General History with a Special Focus on Ancient History, University of Bielefeld
2003-present  Professor of Ancient History, UoB

Participation in Academic Centers and Consortium Projects: 

Co-spokesperson in the program of the North Rhine-Westphalian state "Geisteswissenschaften gestalten Zu­kunftsperspek-iven“ (“Humanities Create Future Perspectives”) (2005/6); Head of the DFG-project "Katalogisierung und Digitalisierung der Bonner Papyrussammlung zwecks Langzeitsicherung und Bereitstellung im Internet (DFG-LIS) (“Cataloging and Digitization of the Bonn Papyrus Collection for Long-Term Protection and Provision for the Internet”) together with Prof. Dr. Konrad Vössing; Full member of the Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz (since 2010); Joint management of the project "Research on Ancient Slavery" at the Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz (since 2010; sole lead since 2013); Full member of the German Archaeological Institute; Member of the scientific advisory board of the Commission for Ancient History and Epigraphy Munich (2002-2012)

Additional Academic Activities: 

Co-editor of the series “Super alta perennis” of the Center for the Classical Tradition; Editor of the journal “Chiron” and the “Vestigia” series by the Commission for Ancient History and Epigraphy at the German Archaeological Institute; Editor of the journal “Agrargeschichte und Agrarsoziologie”; Editor of the “Antiquitas” series; Special editor for Greek social history in the “Handwörterbuch der antiken Sklaverei” ("Concise Dictionary on Ancient Slavery") by the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz since 2001

Research: 

WS focuses on many aspects of ancient slavery, especially in Greek archaic and classical times (8th-4th century BC). Slaves worked in ancient agriculture, craft and commerce as well as in mining, where living conditions were very hard and many slaves died. Better conditions existed for slaves in craft and commerce, where they operated quite autonomously and paid their masters a daily fee charge. The possibilities to become free were better for these slaves than for slaves in households, agriculture and mining. WS' additional areas of research include special forms of ancient slavery such as Spartan helotage, the klarotai in ancient Crete and the penestai in Thessaly.
 
7 monographs, 5 edited volumes 64 articles, ca. 100 articles in dictionaries and ca. 150 invited talks and lectures.

Third-Party Funding: 

German Research Foundation (DFG) (Graduate Program, Cluster in Bielefeld 1998-2003 and 2 individual projects 2007-2009 and 2016-2019), Thyssen Foundation (2001 and 2015-2016), NRW Foundation (2016).

Selected Publications: 

  1. Nachbarschaft und Dorfgemeinschaft im archaischen und klassischen Griechenland [Neighborhood and Village Community in Archaic and Classical Greece], Habilita­tionsschrift Freiburg i. Br. 1995, Berlin 2004.
  2. Haus und Familie im antiken Griechenland. Enzyklopädie der griechisch-römischen Antike 1 [House and Familiy in Ancient Greece: Encyclopedia of Greek and Roman Antiquity 1], Munich 2007.
  3. Haus und Familie in der Antike [House and Family during Antiquity]. Kursheft der Fernuniversität Hagen, Hagen 2013.
  4. Die griechische Gesellschaft. Eine Sozialgeschichte der archaischen und klassischen Zeit [The Greek Society. A Social History of the Archaic and Classical Time]. Heidelberg 2014.
  5. Antike Demokratie und Atomistik. Politische Ordnungsvorstellungen im Spiegel antiker Kosmologien [Ancient Democracy and Atomism. Political Prescriptions in the Mirror of Ancient Cosmologies]. Stuttgart 2015.
  6. (ed.), "Am schlimmen Rand des Lebens“? – Altersbilder in der Antike [“On the Bad Edge of Life”? – Age Pictures in Antiquity]. Cologne/Weimar/Vienna 2003.
  7. (ed.): Gegenwärtige Antike – antike Gegenwarten [Present Antiquity – Ancient Presence]. Kolloquium zum 60. Geburtstag von Rolf Rilin­ger. Munich 2005.
  8. J. Martin, Bedingungen menschlichen Handelns in der Antike. Gesammelte Beiträge zur Historischen Anthropologie [Conditions of Human Action in Antiquity. Collected Contributions to Historical Anthropology], ed. W. Schmitz. Stuttgart 2009.
  9. With W. Blösel, G. Seelentag und J. Timmer (eds.), Grenzen politischer Partizipation im Klassischen Griechenland [Limits of Political Participation in Classical Greece]. Stuttgart 2014.
  10. (ed.), Antike Sklaverei zwischen Verdammung und Beschönigung. Kolloquium zur Rezeption antiker Sklaverei vom 17. bis 20. Jahrhundert [Ancient Slavery between Condemnation and Glorification. Colloquium on the Reception of Ancient Slavery from the 17th to the 20th Century]. Stuttgart 2016.
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