Dietrich Boschung

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Dietrich Boschung (born January 25, 1956 ) is a Swiss classical archaeologist .


Boschung studied classical archeology and received his doctorate in 1983 from the University of Bern under Hans Jucker with a thesis on the grave altars from the necropolis of Rome. In 1983 and 1984 he was a university assistant in Bern, and from 1984 to 1993 a university assistant at the University of Munich . In 1989 he completed his habilitation at the University of Munich. In addition, he was teaching at the Universities of Augsburg and Marburg. From 1993 to 1994 he was head of the research archive for ancient plastic at the archaeological institute of the University of Cologne , until 1995 he was appointed C3 professor for classical archeology at the University of Regensburgwas called. In 1996 he accepted a call to the C3 professorship for Classical Archeology at the University of Cologne (as successor to Henning Wrede ). In the course of remaining negotiations, he was appointed W3 professor there in 2007.

Boschung represents the subject broadly in his courses and research; his main areas of research are ancient sepulchral art, ancient portraits and the afterlife of ancient times.

Together with the literary scholar Günter Blamberger , he has been director of the International College Morphomata: Genesis, Dynamics and Mediality of Cultural Figurations at the University of Cologne, established with funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, since April 2009 .

Dietrich Boschung was Vice Dean for Research in the Philosophical Faculty at the University of Cologne from April 2009 to March 2011.

Publications (selection)

  • Ancient grave altars from the necropolis of Rome. Acta Bernensia X. 1987 (= dissertation).
  • The portraits of Caligula. The image of Roman rulers I 4. 1989.
  • The portraits of Augustus. The Roman image of rulers I 2. 1993.
  • Augusta gene. Investigations into the installation, effect and significance of the statue groups of the Julio-Claudian imperial family . 2002.
  • with Henner von Hesberg , Andreas Linfert : The ancient sculptures in Chatsworth as well as in Dunham Massey and Withington Hall . 1997.
  • with Henner von Hesberg: The ancient sculptures in Newby Hall as well as in other North Yorkshire collections (MAR Volume XXXV. Ancient sculptures in English castles) . Reichert Verlag, Wiesbaden 2006.
  • with Henner von Hesberg (ed.): Collections of antiquities of the European nobility in the 18th century as an expression of a European identity. International colloquium in Düsseldorf, 7.2. – 10.2.1996. Philipp von Zabern, Mainz 2000.
  • with Werner Eck (Ed.): The Tetrarchy. A new system of government and its media presentation (= writings of the teaching and research center for the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean - Center for Mediterranean Cultures (ZAKMIRA). Vol. 3). Reichert Verlag, Wiesbaden 2006.
  • with François Queyrel (ed.): Images of power. The Greek portrait and its use in the ancient world (= Morphomata, Volume 34), Wilhelm Fink, Munich 2017, ISBN 978-3-7705-6126-1 .

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