Short CV/Education and training

    Studied music at the Conservatory in Bern, as well as classical philology and ancient history at the Universities of Bern and Basel, Switzerland; Irvine and Pittsburgh, USA; Freiburg, Germany; Oxford, England; and Mainz, Germany

  • 1989

  • 1995
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification)

  • 1996 – 1997
    C4 professor of Latin philology at the University of Trier, Germany

  • 1997 – 2004
    Full professor of Latin philology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2004 – 2008
    C4 professor of Latin philology at the University of Freiburg

  • Since 2008
    Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Germany

Selected projects

  • Edition of the early Augustinian dialogues for the "Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum" and for "Augustinus, Opera – Works"

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) research project "Idea, practice, effect. The role of dialectics in St. Augustine and its reception by John Wycliffe"

  • 'Written' imperial behaviour: Literary discourse in the early empire – The poetic panegyric as a contribution to representations of rulers

  • The TOPOI research group C-IV Excellence Cluster: Description of spaces in times of change; topic: Discourse locations: Rome and Milan in Late Antiquity

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of German Research Foundation (DFG) Review Board 101: Classical Antiquity

  • Member of the commission on the Corpus philosophorum medii aevi within the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAGW)

  • Member of the commission to publish the Corpus of Latin Church Fathers (CSEL) within the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria

  • Member of the foundation council, Classical and Ancient Studies Fund, Zurich, Switzerland

  • Member of the national research council of the Swiss National Fund for the Promotion of Research (Section I, Humanities and Social Sciences), 2000 – 2009

  • Representative of the Swiss National Fund in the standing committee of the European Science Foundation, 2001 – 2005

  • Peer reviewer for the European Science Foundation

  • Member of the executive committee, Society for Classical Philosophy (GANPH)

  • Member of the advisory board, Görres Society

  • Member of the advisory board for the journal Augustiniana

  • Tijdschrift voor de studie van Sint Augustinus en de Augustijnenorde / Revue pour l'étude de Saint Augustin et de l'ordre des Augustins. Institutum Historicum Augustinianum Lovanii, Heverlee-Leuven, Belgium

  • Member of the S.I.S.M.E.L. (Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medievo Latino), Certosa del Galluzzo, Florence, Italy

  • Membre de la Commission scientifique de la Fondation Hardt, Vandoeuvres-Genève, Switzerland

  • Member of the Réseau européen sur les Gender Studies dans l'Antiquité / European network on gender studies in antiquity (

Additional qualifications

  • Diplom degree with secondary school teaching certification in the subjects Greek and Latin from the University of Bern, Switzerland, 1985

  • Teacher's diploma for the transverse flute from the Musical Conservatory in Bern, Switzerland, 1981


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