Ancient History and Epigraphy Commission

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The Commission for Ancient History and Epigraphy (AEK) in Munich is an ancient science research institute that belongs to the German Archaeological Institute (DAI).

The commission was founded in 1951 with significant participation by ancient historians from the University of Munich . The first director (until 1957) was the Munich professor Alexander Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg , assistant initially Hermann Bengtson , from 1952 Robert Werner . Hans Schaefer (1957–1959) and Helmut Berve (1960–1967) followed as chairmen . After that, the commission was affiliated to the German Archaeological Institute. Berve's successor was Edmund Buchner (1969–1979), followed by Michael Wörrle (1979–2004).

The research area of ​​the commission is ancient history , especially in its connection with archeology, especially with regard to epigraphic , numismatic and papyrological sources. Current research projects include the history of the Greek Poleis in Hellenistic times, a corpus of documents from Roman rule and edition projects for Spanish and Asian Minor inscriptions and coins.

The AEK is headed by a director (currently Christof Schuler ); it also has a second director (currently Rudolf Haensch ) and several other scientists. It has its own statutes, an advisory board, made up of some of the most influential German ancient historians, and a specialized library and a collection of fives and Münzabgüssen; it also publishes the internationally renowned specialist journal Chiron and the Vestigia series . Also important are the "specialist courses", which are mostly organized annually by the AEK and are aimed at younger ancient historians (doctoral and post-doctoral candidates), held by recognized experts in a certain area and traditionally play an important role in establishing contacts within the subject play.

As a member of the Munich Center for Ancient Worlds (MZAW) , the commission is closely linked to the ancient research institutes at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich and non-university institutions in Munich. Since 2016, the first director, Christof Schuler, has also been the first speaker of the MZAW (as of November 2018).

Members of the Ancient History and Epigraphy Commission

Some members are appointed based on their role:

  • as President of the DAI: Friederike Fless
  • as the first director of the commission: Christof Schuler
  • as the second director of the commission: Rudolf Haensch
  • as representative of the Federal Foreign Office: Ronald Münch (Head of the Department of Culture and Communication at the Federal Foreign Office)

The other members are personally appointed:


  • Astrid Dostert (Ed.): Between cultures and continents. 175 years of research at the German Archaeological Institute , Berlin 2004, pp. 100–109.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Contact MZAW. Retrieved November 12, 2018 .