Angelos Chaniotis

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Angelos Chaniotis ( Greek Άγγελος Χανιώτης ; born November 8, 1959 in Athens ) is a Greek ancient historian and epigraphist .

Angelos Chaniotis studied history, archeology and classical philology at the University of Athens from 1978 to 1982 and ancient history, classical archeology and prehistory at the University of Heidelberg from 1982 to 1984 . In 1984 he received his doctorate there under Fritz Gschnitzer and Géza Alföldy on the subject of history and historians in Greek inscriptions . He then did his military service in Greece from 1984 to 1986. In the period from 1986 to 1994, he taught at the Department of Ancient History at Heidelberg University. Chaniotis completed his habilitation there in 1992 with Fritz Gschnitzer in the subject of Ancient History at the Faculty of Oriental Studies and Classical Studies with the thesis Ho Kres ton Kreta: The contracts between Cretan cities in Hellenistic times . After completing his habilitation, he taught at New York University from 1993 to 1998 . From 1998 to 2006 he taught ancient history at the University of Heidelberg, where he was vice dean of the Faculty of Oriental Studies and Classical Studies from 2000 to 2001 and vice-rector under Rector Peter Hommelhoff , responsible for international affairs from October 2001 to February 2006 .

In 2006 he was appointed to All Souls College , Oxford. Since July 1, 2010, Chaniotis has been Professor in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Chaniotis is a member of the German Archaeological Institute and the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences as well as a full member of the Academia Europaea since 2006 and an external member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences since 2009 .

In 2000, Chaniotis was awarded the Baden-Württemberg State Research Prize for his new findings in historical research . In 2014 the President of the Hellenic Republic awarded him the Order of the Phoenix (Commander). In 2015 he received the Anneliese Maier Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation .

Chaniotis released Age of Conquests in 2019 . The Greek World from Alexander to Hadrian is a popular scientific overview of the history of Hellenism . The work was published in German a year later. In it he advocates the thesis that the end of Hellenism, which usually dates back to 30 BC. And the death of Cleopatra VII is dated, falls in the reign of Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD.

Fonts (selection)


  • History and historians in the Greek inscriptions. Epigraphic contributions to Greek historiography (= Heidelberg ancient historical contributions and epigraphic studies . Vol. 4). Steiner, Stuttgart 1988, ISBN 3-515-04946-0 (also: Heidelberg, University, dissertation, 1984).
  • The contracts between the Cretan Poleis in the Hellenistic period (= Heidelberg ancient historical contributions and epigraphic studies. Vol. 24). Steiner, Stuttgart 1996, ISBN 3-515-06827-9 (at the same time: Heidelberg, University, habilitation paper, 1992).
  • Ancient Crete (= Beck's series. 2350). Beck, Munich 2004, ISBN 3-406-50850-2 .
  • Was in the Hellenistic World. A Social and Cultural History. Blackwell, Malden MA et al. 2005, ISBN 0-631-22608-7 .
  • Θεατρικότητα καὶ δημόσιος βίος στὸν ἑλληνιστικὸ κόσμο. Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Κρήτης, Ηράκλειο 2009, ISBN 978-960-524-278-7 .
  • Age of Conquests. The Greek World from Alexander to Hadrian. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts 2018, ISBN 978-0-674-65964-3 .
    • German translation: The opening of the world. A Global History of Hellenism. Translated from English by Martin Hallmannsecker. wbg Theiss, Darmstadt 2019, ISBN 978-3-8062-3993-5 .


  • From Minoan farmers to Roman traders. Sidelights on the economy of ancient Crete (= Heidelberg ancient historical contributions and epigraphic studies. Vol. 29). Steiner, Stuttgart 1999, ISBN 3-515-07621-2 .
  • Ἔργα και ημέρες στὴν Κρήτη. Απο την προϊστορία στο μεσοπόλεμο. Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Κρήτης, Ηράκλειο 2000, ISBN 960-524-087-4 .
  • with Pierre Ducrey : Army and power in the ancient world (= Heidelberg ancient historical contributions and epigraphic studies. Vol. 37). Steiner, Stuttgart 2002, ISBN 3-515-08197-6 .
  • with Anika Kuhn, Christina Kuhn: Applied classics. Comparisons, constructs, controversies (= Heidelberg contributions to ancient history and epigraphic studies. Vol. 46). Steiner, Stuttgart 2009, ISBN 978-3-515-09430-6 .
  • with Amina Kropp, Christine Steinhoff: Persuasion Strategies (= Heidelberg Yearbooks. 52). Springer, Berlin et al. 2009, ISBN 978-3-540-88646-4 .

Web links


  1. Michael Schwarz: Heidelberg ancient historian Prof. Dr. Angelos Chaniotis awarded the State Research Prize , press release February 9, 2001.
  2. Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich: New Anneliese Maier Prize Winner for LMU . Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  3. See the review by Hendrik Müller in: Zeitschrift für Geschichtswwissenschaft. 68 (2020), pp. 361-363.