Ortwin Dally

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Ortwin Dally (born February 26, 1969 in Mülheim an der Ruhr ) is a German classical archaeologist .

Ortwin Dally studied Classical Archeology, Classical Philology and Ancient History at the universities of Bonn , Basel , Freiburg and Heidelberg from 1988 to 1996 . The doctorate took place in 1996 with Tonio Hölscher in Heidelberg with the work Canosa, località San Leucio. Studies on acculturation processes from the 6th to the 2nd century BC BC using the example of a Daun sanctuary . Subsequently, Dally was initially employed at the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences , and in 1997 as a half-time research assistant at the Institute for Classical Archeology at the University of Heidelberg. As holder of the travel grant of the German Archaeological Institute , he traveled to the Mediterranean region in 1997/98 . After his return to Germany, Dally became a research assistant at the Institute for Classical Archeology at the Free University of Berlin . In 2002/03 he was a Junior Fellowship at the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington . The habilitation took place in 2004 at the Free University of Berlin. After completing his habilitation, Dally became general secretary of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) and a full member at the same time. In January 2013 he was elected to succeed Henner von Hesberg as director of the Rome department of the DAI and took up his post on March 1, 2014.

Dally has been a member of the Arachne Advisory Board since 2005, the Scientific Advisory Board of the Corpus of Roman Sarcophagi and Propylaeum - Virtual Specialized Library of Classical Studies since 2007, and the Advisory Board of the American Journal of Archeology since 2008 . From 2005 to 2008 he was a member of the Steering Committee of the Working Group on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archeology . In addition, he has been teaching classical archeology as an honorary professor at the Free University of Berlin since 2008 and is 1st chairman of the Berlin Archaeological Society . In 2009 he became a corresponding member of the Archaeological Institute of America and a member of the scientific advisory board of DARIAH - Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities . In 2011, he also held a two-month research professorship at the Collège de France and the Institut d'Études Avancées (IEA) in Paris.

Scientifically, Dally deals with the Faustina thermal baths in Miletus , the corpus of the Roman sarcophagi, Taganrog in Russia, Lissos as well as the problems of cultural contact in southern Italy and the Black Sea region , concepts of the past in antiquity and their visualization, "care" and " Restoration “of monuments in antiquity and late antiquity , religious history studies and ancient architecture. Central research lines of Dally are the contacts between Greeks, Romans and natives in southern Italy , Sicily and southern Russia and the resulting reflections on the cultural contacts of these regions. Other interests include regional ceramic forms and the history of archeology.


  • Canosa, località San Leucio. Investigations on acculturation processes from the 6th to the 2nd century BC using the example of a Daun sanctuary (= studies on ancient sanctuaries , volume 1). Verlag Archäologie und Geschichte, Heidelberg 2000, ISBN 3-9804648-9-X (paperback) / ISBN 3-9804648-8-1 (paperback).
  • Catalog of the antique cabaret collection of the Archaeological Institute of Heidelberg University. Vol. 7: The architectural fragments made of terracotta and limestone . von Zabern, Mainz 2007, ISBN 978-3-8053-3455-6 .
  • Associate Editor : ZeitRäume. Miletus in imperial times and late antiquity . Schnell + Steiner, Regensburg 2009, ISBN 978-3-7954-2235-6 .
  • On the archeology of photography. A contribution to imaging practices of the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries. (= 143rd Winckelmann program of the Archaeological Society of Berlin ), de Gruyter, Berlin 2017, ISBN 978-3-1105-7444-9 .

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