Karl-Joachim Hölkeskamp

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Karl-Joachim Hölkeskamp (born July 25, 1953 in Witten ) is a German ancient historian .


Karl-Joachim Hölkeskamp studied history, English, philosophy, pedagogy and classical studies at the universities of Bochum and Oxford from 1972 to 1981 . He was a scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation and the British Council . In 1979 he passed the first state examination in English and history in Bochum. From 1981 to 1987 he was a research assistant in Bochum. In December 1984 he received his doctorate there with a study supervised by Karl-Wilhelm Welwei on the emergence of nobility .

From 1987 to 1991 he was a Moses and Mary Finley Research Fellow in Ancient History at Darwin College, Cambridge , where he received his Master of Arts in 1990. From 1990 to 1992 he was an Affiliated Lecturer at Cambridge University . In 1991 he completed his habilitation in Bochum at the Faculty of History and from 1991–92 went to the Center for Hellenic Studies at Harvard University in Washington DC as a Junior Fellow. From 1991 to 1994 he taught as a private lecturer in Bochum, from 1993–94 on a postdoctoral fellowship supported by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation . In 1994 he was appointed professor for ancient history at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald . In 1995 he moved to the University of Cologne . From 2005 to 2006 he received a research grant at the Historisches Kolleg in Munich .

Hölkeskamp deals with Greek and Roman history, especially with the Eastern Mediterranean from the Bronze Age to the Archaic Age, with the emergence of the polis and with the legislation in archaic and classical Greece. Another research focus is the political culture of the late Roman Republic , the mentality history of the republican aristocracy and the conceptual history of the upper class. He is co-editor of Hermes magazine . Journal for Classical Philology and the series of Hermes-Einzelschriften, Oldenbourg Grundrisse der Geschichte and the Kölner Historischen Abhandlungen .

Karl-Joachim Hölkeskamp is married to the ancient historian Elke Stein-Hölkeskamp . In 2017 the couple was awarded the Karl Christ Prize .

Fonts (selection)


  • The emergence of nobility. Studies of the social and political history of the Roman Republic in the 4th century BC Chr. Stuttgart 1984. 2nd extended edition 2011 (dissertation, Ruhr University Bochum)
  • Arbitrator, legislator and legislation in archaic Greece . Stuttgart 1999 (habilitation thesis, Ruhr University Bochum)
  • Senatus populusque Romanus. The political culture of the republic - dimensions and interpretations . Stuttgart 2004
  • Reconstructions of a republic. The political culture of ancient Rome and the research of the last few decades . Munich 2004
    • French translation by Claudine Layre and Fréderic Hurlet: Reconstruire une république: la “culture politique” de la Rome antique et la recherche des dernières décennies . Nantes 2008
    • English translation by Henry Heitmann-Gordon: Reconstructing the Roman Republic. An Ancient Political Culture and Modern Research . Princeton / Oxford 2010
    • Italian translation by Edoardo Bianchi / Maria Chiara Mazzotta: Modelli per una repubblica. La cultura politica dell'antica Roma e la ricerca degli ultimi decenni (Monograph del Centro Ricerche di Documentazione sull'Antichità Classica). Rome 2016 (with updated references)


  • with Elke Stein-Hölkeskamp: From Romulus to Augustus. Great figures of the Roman Republic . Munich 2000. 2nd edition 2010
  • with Jörn Rüsen , Elke Stein-Hölkeskamp and Heinrich Theodor Grütter: Sinn (in) der Antike. Orientation systems, models and value concepts in ancient times . Mainz 2003
  • with Stefan Rebenich : Phaëthon. A myth in ancient and modern times . Stuttgart 2009
  • A political culture (in) crisis? The "last generation" of the Roman Republic . Munich 2009


  • Stefan Rebenich: Laudation for the award winner Prof. Dr. Karl-Joachim Hölkeskamp. In: Elke Stein-Hölkeskamp, ​​Karl-Joachim Hölkeskamp: Ethos - Honor - Excellence. A comparison of ancient elites (= Karl Christ Prize for Ancient History. Volume 3). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2018, ISBN 978-3-946317-09-8 , pp. 21-28.
  • Karl-Joachim Hölkeskamp. Fonts. In: Elke Stein-Hölkeskamp, ​​Karl-Joachim Hölkeskamp: Ethos - Honor - Excellence. A comparison of ancient elites (= Karl Christ Prize for Ancient History. Volume 3). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2018, ISBN 978-3-946317-09-8 , pp. 111–128 (list of publications).

Web links


  1. Ancient Views. Hölkeskamp research couple honored . In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of February 4, 2017, p. 14.