Andreas Luther

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Andreas Luther (born August 18, 1969 in Berlin ) is a German ancient historian .

Andreas Luther studied history and Latin at the Free University of Berlin from 1989 to 1995 . Afterwards he was a research assistant at the seminar for ancient history at the chair of Alexander Demandt until 2000 . During this time he also received his doctorate in 1996 on the late ancient Syrian chronicle of (pseudo-) Joshua Stylites , and in 2000 his habilitation on northern Mesopotamia and Rome. Investigations into the history of the kingdoms Osrhoene and Hatra (approx. 130 BC to approx. 250 AD) . The habilitation thesis remained unpublished. From 2002 to 2006 he received a Heisenberg grant from the DFG and taught as a private lecturer at the Free University of Berlin. In 2006 Luther became W2 Professor for Ancient History at the University of Erlangen . On October 1, 2008, he succeeded Peter Weiß as W3 Professor for Ancient History at the University of Kiel .

His main research interests are the relations between the Romans and the Parthians and Sassanids , the history of the small states (e.g. Hatra) in the border area between these great powers, Sparta and early Greece, in particular the emergence of the polis world , Emperor Augustus and Augustan poetry as well as the Roman history of the 3rd century.

In addition to Markus Janka and Ulrich Schmitzer, Luther has been the publisher of the ancient history journal Gymnasium since 2007 .



  • The Syrian Chronicle of Joshua Stylites (= studies of ancient literature and history. Vol. 49). de Gruyter, Berlin - New York 1997, ISBN 3-11-015470-6 (= partly at the same time: Berlin, Free University, dissertation, 1995).
  • Historical studies on the Bucolica Vergils (= session reports of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Philosophical-Historical Class, Vol. 698). Publishing house of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna 2002, ISBN 3-7001-3102-X
  • Kings and Ephors. Studies on the Spartan constitutional history (= studies on ancient history, Vol. 2). Verlag Antike, Frankfurt am Main 2004, ISBN 3-938032-01-4 .


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