Short CV/Education and training

  • 1948
    Born in Cologne

  • 1966
    Abitur (A-levels)

  • 1966 – 1977
    Studied history, philosophy and Latin at the University of Cologne and at Mainz University, Germany

  • 1972
    State examination in Cologne

  • 1977 – 2000
    Research associate and director of "Research on slavery in antiquity" at the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz

  • 1993 – 1999
    Private lecturer in Mainz

  • 1999 – 2000
    Professor by special appointment in Mainz

  • Since 2000
    University professor of ancient history at Trier University, Germany

  • 2003 – 2010
    Spokesperson of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Training Group: Slavery, Serfdom and forced Labour

Selected publications

  • Rainer, J.M., Herrmann-Otto, E.: Corpus der Römischen Rechtsquellen zur Antiken Sklaverei. Prolegomena. Stuttgart 1999.

  • Herrmann-Otto, E.: Konstantin der Große (Gestalten der Antike). Darmstadt 2007; 2nd revised edition, Darmstadt 2009.

  • Herrmann-Otto, E.: Sklaverei und Freilassung in der griechisch-römischen Welt (Olms Studienbücher Antike). Hildesheim 2009. Licenced edition: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, Darmstadt 2009.

  • Herrmann-Otto, E.: Causae liberales. In: Index 27, 1999. pp. 141-159.

  • Herrmann-Otto, E.: Sklavenkinder in Recht, Ökonomie und Gesellschaft des Römischen Reiches. In: RIDA 51, 2004. pp. 167-186.

  • Herrmann-Otto, E.: Höfisches und kirchliches Zeremoniell im Spiegel der spätantiken Ikonographie. In: Harreither, R. et al. (eds.): Proceedings of the 14th International Congress for Christian Archaeology. Vienna, 19.-26. September 1999. Frühes Christentum zwischen Rom und Konstantinopel. 2 parts. (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Philosophisch-Historische Klasse. Archäologische Forschungen 14) Vienna. Vatican City 2006, pp. 433-445, tables 147-151.

  • Herrmann-Otto, E.: Konstantin, die Sklaven und die Kirche. In: Mauritsch, P. et al. (eds.): Antike Lebenswelten. Konstanz – Wandel – Wirkungsmacht. Festschrift for Ingomar Weiler on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Wiesbaden 2008. pp. 353-366.

  • Herrmann-Otto, E.: Die "armen" Alten. Das neue Modell des Christentums? In: Gutsfeld, A., Schmitz, W. (eds.): Am schlimmen Rand des Lebens? Altersbilder in der Antike. Cologne, 2nd edition, 2009. pp. 181-208.

  • Herrmann-Otto, E.: Das Projekt "Forschungen zur antiken Sklaverei" an der Aakdemie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz. In: Heinen, H. (ed.): Antike Sklaverei: Rückblick und Ausblick. Neue Beiträge zur Forschungsgeschichte und zur Erschließung der archäologischen Zeugnisse (FAS 38). Stuttgart 2010. pp. 61-75.

  • Herrmann-Otto, E.: Altersarmut in der Antike. In: Uerlings, H., Trauth, N., Clemens, L. (eds.): Armut. Perspektiven in Kunst und Gesellschaft. Darmstadt 2011. pp. 265-272.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Corpus of Roman legal sources on slavery in antiquity, fascicle X: Slaves from birth, natural children, etc. (Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz)

  • Concise dictionary of slavery in antiquity (Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz)

  • Constantine exhibition 2007 in Trier (project of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trier and the City of Trier)

  • Slavery, Serfdom and forced Labour. Forms of Unfree Life and Labour from Antiquity to the 20th Century (DFG Research Training Group)

  • The New Testament and the culture of antiquity (RWTH Aachen University and University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)

  • The culture of aging (Trier University)

  • Leges Palatinae. History of ceremony (Trier University)

  • Social dependencies and networks (Excellence Cluster, state government of Rhineland-Palatinate and Trier University)

  • Collaborative Research Centre (SFB): Strangers and poor people (German Research Foundation (DFG))

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Head of a sub-project within the Collaborative Research Centre: Strangers and poor people. B 9: Welfare measures and euergetism, since 2009

  • Head of a sub-project within the Excellence Cluster: Social dependencies and networks; sub-project 1.01: Creating networks as a reaction to status being threatened by impoverishment in the Roman upper classes; and sub-project 2.01: Heathen temple and Christian church: Studies on religious networks in late antiquity and the early middle ages in the Roman west, since 2005

  • Spokesperson of the Research Training Group 846: Slavery, Serfdom and forced Labour, 2003 – 2010

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Interdisciplinary, international, scholarly collaborations


Soft Skills

  • Widowed, one daughter


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