Volker Michael Strocka

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Volker Michael Strocka (born February 26, 1940 in Frankfurt am Main ) is a German classical archaeologist .

From 1950 to 1959, the son of a doctor attended the Lessing High School in Frankfurt am Main . From 1959 to 1965 he studied classical archeology, art history, ancient history and philosophy at the universities of Munich , Basel , Paris and Freiburg . There he received his doctorate in 1965 under Walter-Herwig Schuchhardt . From 1965 to 1974 he was a research assistant to Bernard Andreae at the University of Bochum , interrupted in 1968/69 by the travel grant from the German Archaeological Institute . In 1973 he was in Bochum with a thesis on The mural of terrace houses in Ephesus habilitation . In 1975 he received a lecturer position at the University of Göttingen. From 1975 to 1981 Strocka was the first director at the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin. In 1977 he became a full member of the German Archaeological Institute. From 1981 until his retirement in 2005, he taught as a full professor for Classical Archeology at the University of Freiburg. From 2003 to 2005 Strocka was the first chairman and from 2005 to 2009 second chairman of the Mommsen Society .

Since 1967 he took part regularly in the Austrian research in Ephesus and was responsible for the processing of the paintings of the hillside houses as well as for the reconstruction of the Celsus library . During his time in Berlin he began the research project Houses in Pompeii , the documentation of selected houses and their paintings in Pompeii , which he continued in Freiburg. From 1996 to 2000 he led excavations in Thugga , 2002 to 2008 in Nysa . His main research interests are Greek and Roman architecture, architectural ornamentation, sculpture and painting.

Strocka has been married since 1974 and has three children.

Fonts (selection)


  • Piraeus reliefs and Parthenos shield. Attempt to restore the Amazonomachy of Phidias. Wasmuth in Komm, Berlin 1967 (= dissertation, Freiburg i. Br.)
  • The wall painting of the hillside houses in Ephesos (= research in Ephesos. Volume 8). 2 parts. Publishing house of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna 1977.
  • The market gate of Miletus (= Winckelmanns program of the Archaeological Society in Berlin. Vol. 128). de Gruyter, Berlin 1981.
  • Casa del Principe di Napoli (= houses in Pompeii. Vol. 1). 1984
  • Casa del Labirinto (Houses in Pompeii Vol. 4) 1991
  • Roman frescoes in the antique collection of the Württemberg State Museum (= guide and inventory catalogs. Vol. 1). Württembergisches Landesmuseum, Stuttgart 1991, ISBN 3-8062-1010-1 .
  • The reign of Emperor Claudius (41–54 AD) - upheaval or episode? International interdisciplinary symposium on the occasion of the centenary of the Archaeological Institute of the University of Freiburg i. Br. 16-18.2.1991. Zabern, Mainz 1994, ISBN 3-8053-1503-1 .
  • The prison facade at the Agora of Corinth. Your place in Roman art history. Schnell & Steiner, Regensburg 2010. ISBN 978-3-7954-2403-9
  • Dokimenic columnar sarcophagi. Dating and interpretation (= Asia Minor Studies. Volume 82). Habelt, Bonn 2017. ISBN 978-3-7749-4071-0


  • with Herwig Maehler : The Ptolemaic Egypt. Files of the international symposium 27. – 29. September 1976 in Berlin. Zabern, Mainz 1978, ISBN 3-8053-0362-9 .
  • with Dietrich Papenfuß: palace and hut. International cooperation in the field of archeology and prehistory (symposium of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation) 1979. Zabern, Mainz 1982, ISBN 3-8053-0492-7 .
  • with Simon Hoffmann and Gerhard Hiesel: The library of Nysa am Mäander (= research in Nysa am Mäander. Volume 2). Zabern, Darmstadt 2012. ISBN 978-3-8053-4588-0 .


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