Henning Wrede

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Henning Wrede (born November 8, 1939 in Frankfurt (Oder) ) is a German classical archaeologist .

After completing his doctorate in 1968 at the University of Frankfurt am Main with the thesis The late antique Hermengalerie von Welschbillig. An investigation into the art tradition in the 4th century AD and the general significance of the ancient hermitage , Henning Wrede was awarded the travel grant of the German Archaeological Institute for 1969/70 . He completed his habilitation in 1975 at the University of Munich . Since 1978 he has worked as a scientific advisor and professor at the Archaeological Institute of the University of Cologne . From there he moved to the Winckelmann Institute at the Humboldt University in Berlin in the mid-1990s , where he taught as a professor of classical archeology . He retired in 2006.

In Greek sculpture, Wrede's main research interests are the Parthenon sculptures , the Greek portraits from the 5th to the 1st century BC. BC, the Hellenistic genre sculpture and the Greek and Roman herms . In Roman art, he conducts research on art in general, the social history of Roman art, the Roman state monuments , Roman sepulchral art , costume and status symbols as well as late antique art. A special area of ​​interest Wredes is also the specialist history, in particular the development of archeology and ancient studies , archeology from the 15th to 19th centuries, the collections of antiquities from the 16th to 18th centuries and the history of the impact of ancient monuments and archeology from the 16th to the 19th century to the 19th century.

In 2013 Wrede received the Winckelmann Medal from the city of Stendal .


  • The late antique Hermengalerie in Welschbillig. Investigation of the art tradition in the 4th century AD and the general meaning of the ancient hermenmal (= Roman-Germanic research. 32). de Gruyter, Berlin 1972, ISBN 3-11-002239-7 (also: Frankfurt (Main), University, dissertation, 1968).
  • Consecratio in formam deorum. Deified private persons in the Roman Empire. von Zabern, Mainz 1981, ISBN 3-8053-0431-5 .
  • The ancient term (= Trier contributions to antiquity . Vol. 1). von Zabern, Mainz 1988, ISBN 3-8053-0866-3 .
  • Cunctorum splendor from uno. Archeology, collections of antiquities and antiquing equipment in nepotism and absolutism (= writings of the Winckelmann Society . Vol. 18). Winckelmann Society, Stendal 2000, ISBN 3-910060-36-6 .
  • Senatorial sarcophagi of Rome. The contribution of the senatorial class to the Roman art of the high and late imperial period (= Monumenta artis romanae. Vol. 29). von Zabern, Mainz 2001, ISBN 3-8053-2696-3 .

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