Paul Zanker

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Paul Zanker (born February 7, 1937 in Konstanz ) is a German classical archaeologist .


Paul Zanker studied Classical Archeology and History in Munich , Rome and Freiburg . He received his doctorate in 1962 and completed his habilitation in 1967. He was then a lecturer in Freiburg. From 1972 to 1976 Zanker was Full Professor in Göttingen , from 1976 to 2002 Professor of Classical Archeology at the University of Munich and at the same time from 1995 to 2002 director of the German Archaeological Institute in Rome. During the same period he was director of the Munich Museum for Casts of Classical Art , which, under his direction, was able to regain its old size. After his retirement in 2002, Zanker taught for a few years as a professor of ancient art history ( Storia dell'arte antica ) at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa . In the academic year 1993/94 Zanker was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin .

Zanker's studies on Roman transformations of Greek statues, the Roman portrait, the political dimension of ancient art, especially in the Augustan period, as well as the Pompeian taste in living were trend-setting in classical archeology and have initiated numerous researches.

Zanker is a full member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences , Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy , the Academia Europaea , the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences , the Roman Institute of the Görres Society and the Pontificia Accademia Romana di Archeologia . As a member of the Bavarian Academy, Zanker is also chairman of the commission for the Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum and the commission for research into ancient cities . Paul Zanker was Sather Professor at the University of California at Berkeley in 1990/1991 and was awarded the Reuchlin Prize of the City of Pforzheim in 1999 and the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art in 2008 .


  • Change of the figure of Hermes in Attic vase painting . Habelt, Bonn 1965 (also dissertation, 1962).
  • Forum Augustum. The image program . Wasmuth, Tübingen 1968.
  • Roman Forum. The redesign by Augustus. Wasmuth, Tübingen 1968 ISBN 3-8030-1404-2 .
  • Classicist statues. Studies on the change in taste in art in the Roman Empire. Philipp von Zabern, Mainz 1974 (habilitation thesis).
  • Studies on the portraits of Augustus. Volume 1: The Actium-Typus (= treatises of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen, Philological-Historical Class. Volume 3, Volume 85). Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, Göttingen 1973 ISBN 3-525-82358-4 .
  • Provincial portraits of emperors. To the reception of the self-portrayal of the princeps (= treatises of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, philosophical-historical class. New series, volume 90). CH Beck, Munich 1983.
  • Augustus and the power of images. CH Beck, Munich 1987, ISBN 3-406-32067-8 (also: Leipzig, Koehler & Amelang 1987); 4th edition 2003.
  • The drunken old woman. The laughter of the mocked. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 1988, ISBN 3-596-23960-5 .
  • Pompeii. Cityscape and taste in living (= cultural history of the ancient world . Volume 61). Philipp von Zabern, Mainz 1995, ISBN 3-8053-1685-2 .
  • Editor with Michael Wörrle : Cityscape and Citizenship in Hellenism ( Vestigia , Volume 47) . CH Beck Verlag, Munich 1995, ISBN 3-406-39036-6
  • The mask of Socrates. The image of the intellectual in ancient art. CH Beck, Munich 1995, ISBN 3-406-39080-3 .
  • An art for the senses. On the imagery of Dionysus and Aphrodite. Wagenbach, Berlin 1998, ISBN 3-8031-5162-7 .
  • with Björn Christian Ewald : Living with myths. The imagery of the Roman sarcophagi. Hirmer, Munich 2004, ISBN 3-7774-9650-2 .
  • The apotheosis of the Roman emperors. Ritual and urban stage . Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation, Munich 2004.
  • Roman art. CH Beck, Munich 2007, ISBN 978-3-406-54688-4 .
  • The Roman city. A short story. CH Beck, Munich 2014, ISBN 978-3-406-66248-5 .


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