Winfried Schmitz
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Prof. Dr. Winfried Schmitz

University of Bonn
Institute of History
Department of Ancient History
Am Hof 1e
D-53111 Bonn
Phone: +49 / (0)228 / 73 7415
wschmitz@uni-bonn.de 


Current Position

  • University Professor for Ancient History
  • 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 for Ancient History, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 1998–2003             Professor for General History with a Special Focus on Ancient History, University of Bielefeld, Germany
  • 1996–1998             Professor for 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. 2016. Antike Sklaverei zwischen Verdammung und Beschönigung. Kolloquium zur Rezeption antiker Sklaverei vom 17. bis 20. Jahrhundert. Forschungen zur antiken Sklaverei 40. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.

  • 2015. Antike Demokratie und Atomistik. Politische Ordnungsvorstellungen im Spiegel antiker Kosmologien. Abhandlungen der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Klasse 3. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.

  • 2014. Die griechische Gesellschaft. Eine Sozialgeschichte der archaischen und klassischen Zeit. Alte Geschichte Forschung. Heidelberg: Verlag Antike.

  • Wolfgang Blösel, Gunnar Seelentag, and Jan Timmer, eds. 2014. Grenzen politischer Partizipation im Klassischen Griechenland. Alte Geschichte. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.

  • 2013. Haus und Familie in der Antike. Kursheft der Fernuniversität Hagen. Hagen: Fernuniversität in Hagen.

  • and Jochen Martin, eds. 2009. Bedingungen menschlichen Handelns in der Antike. Gesammelte Beiträge zur Historischen Anthropologie. Alte Geschichte. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.

  • 2007. Haus und Familie im antiken Griechenland. Enzyklopädie der griechisch-römischen Antike 1. Berlin: Oldenbourg.

  • Tassilo Schmitt, and Aloys Winterling, eds. 2005. Gegenwärtige Antike – antike Gegenwarten. Kolloquium zum 60. Geburtstag von Rolf Rilinger. Munich: Oldenbourg.

  •  2004. Nachbarschaft und Dorfgemeinschaft im archaischen und klassischen Griechenland. Klio, Beiheft 7. Berlin: Akademie Verlag.

  • and Andreas Gutsfeld, eds. 2003. Am schlimmen Rand des Lebens? Altersbilder in der Antike. Cologne: Böhlau.

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