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Prof. Dr. Winfried Schmitz

Principal Investigator

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Unversity of Bonn
Institute of History
Department of Ancient History
Am Hof 1e
D-53113 Bonn
Phone: +49/ (0)228 / 73-7415
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

Research

Winfried Schmitz 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. Winfrid Schmitz' 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.

Education

  • 1995                  Habilitation and Venia legendi in Ancient History, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • 1985                  Ph.D. in Ancient History, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • 1977–1985        M.A. in Ancient, Medieval and Modern History and Classical Archaeology, Universities of Cologne and
                              Freiburg, Germany

Academic Positions

  • 2003–present    Professor of Ancient History, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 1998–2003        Professor of General History with a Special Focus on Ancient History, University of Bielefeld, Germany
  • 1996–1998        Professor of Ancient History, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
  • 1989–1991        Scientific Trainee at the Directorate of the Rheinische Landesmuseum Bonn, Germany
  • 1985–1989        Research Associate at the Friedrich-Meinecke-Institute of the Free University Berlin, Germany

Scholarships and Awards

  • 1992–1995        Postdoctoral Scholarship (Habilitation) of the German Research Foundation

Participation in Academic Centers and Consortium Projects

  • 2010–present    Full member of the Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz, Germany
  • 2010–present    Joint management of the project "Research on Ancient Slavery" at the Academy of Sciences and Literature,
                              Mainz (sole lead since 2013)
  • 2005–2006        Co-spokesperson in the program of the North Rhine-Westphalian state "Geisteswissenschaften gestalten
                              Zu­kunftsperspekiven“ (“Humanities Create Future Perspectives”)
  • 2002–2012        Member of the scientific advisory board of the Commission for Ancient History and Epigraphy Munich, Germany
  •                           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 German Archaeological Institute

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

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

  • (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.
  • Antike Demokratie und Atomistik. Politische Ordnungsvorstellungen im Spiegel antiker Kosmologien. [Ancient Democracy and Atomism. Political Prescriptions in the Mirror of Ancient Cosmologies]. Stuttgart 2015.
  • Die griechische Gesellschaft. Eine Sozialgeschichte der archaischen und klassischen Zeit. [The Greek Society. A Social History of the Archaic and Classical Time]. Heidelberg 2014.
  • With W. Blösel, G. Seelentag, J. Timmer (eds.): Grenzen politischer Partizipation im Klassischen Griechenland. [Limits of Political Participation in Classical Greece]. Stuttgart 2014.
  • Haus und Familie in der Antike. [House and Family during Antiquity]. (=Kursheft der Fernuniversität Hagen). Hagen 2013.
  • With J. Martin (eds.): Bedingungen menschlichen Handelns in der Antike. Gesammelte Beiträge zur Historischen Anthropologie. [Conditions of Human Action in Antiquity. Collected Contributions to Historical Anthropology]. Stuttgart 2009.
  • 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.
  • (ed.): Gegenwärtige Antike – antike Gegenwarten. Kolloquium zum 60. Geburtstag von Rolf Rilin­ger. [Present Antiquity – Ancient Presence]. Munich 2005.
  • Nachbarschaft und Dorfgemeinschaft im archaischen und klassischen Griechenland. [Neighborhood and Village Community in Archaic and Classical Greece]. Habilita­tionsschrift Freiburg im Breisgau 1995. Berlin 2004.
  • (ed.): "Am schlimmen Rand des Lebens“? – Altersbilder in der Antike. [“On the Bad Edge of Life”? – Age Pictures in Antiquity]. Cologne/Weimar/Vienna 2003.
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