Markus Sehlmeyer

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Markus Sehlmeyer (born May 16, 1968 in Cuxhaven ) is a German ancient historian .

Markus Sehlmeyer studied from 1989 to 1995 in Goettingen Latin , mathematics and history to teaching in high schools. He graduated in 1995 with the first state examination in Latin and history. He then worked until 1997 on his dissertation on the subject of “Roman statues of honor from the Republican era. Historicity & urban context ” . This was followed by a postdoc in 1998/99 at the Graduate College Social History of Groups, Strata, Classes and Elites at Bielefeld University , and another in 1999/2001 at the Graduate College Leitbilder der Late Antiquity at the University of Jena . From 2002 to 2010 Sehlmeyer was a research assistant at the Institute for Classical Studies at the University of Rostock , where in 2008 he started a thesis on the subject of “Historical images in transition from pagan to Christian empire. Roman historiography. "N. Chr in the second half of the 4th century habilitated . From April 2010 to 2013 he was an academic senior councilor at Bielefeld University. From the 2013/14 winter semester to the 2015 summer semester, he taught at the Philipps University of Marburg, initially as a representative of an academic council, then as a substitute professor. Sehlmeyer then held a teaching position at the University of Osnabrück from 2016 to 2019 . In 2019/2020 he will represent the vacant chair for Ancient History at the University of Rostock.

Sehlmeyer's main research interests are the political culture of the Roman Republic , Roman and late ancient historiography, antiquarian research in Rome, and the reception of ancient state theory in the American Revolution.


  • Roman statues of honor from the Republican period. Historicity and context of symbols of nobility class consciousness (= Historia individual fonts 130). Steiner, Stuttgart 1999, ISBN 3-515-07479-1 (dissertation, University of Göttingen, 1997/98).
  • Origo gentis Romanae. The origins of the Roman people (= texts on research. Vol. 82). Edited, translated, commented on and provided with essays by Markus Sehlmeyer. Scientific Book Society, Darmstadt 2004, ISBN 3-534-16433-4 .
  • with Uwe Walter : Unaffected by any change? The ancient historian Ernst Hohl between the German Empire and the early GDR. Verlag Antike, Frankfurt am Main 2005, ISBN 3-938032-08-1 .
  • The ancient world (= UTB orientation history ). Schöningh, Paderborn 2008 (2nd revised edition 2014), ISBN 978-3-8252-3100-2 .
  • History pictures for pagans and Christians. Res Romanae in the late antique breviary. De Gruyter, Berlin / New York 2009 (also habilitation thesis, Rostock University, 2008).

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