Short CV/Education and training

  • 1996 – 2002
    Studies of History and Music at the universities of Cologne and Salamanca (Spain)

  • 2002 – 2006
    PhD in Ancient History at the universities of Cologne and Cambridge (UK), Darwin College

  • 2006 – 2008
    Teachers' training (Referendariat)

  • 2008 – 2015
    Assistant professor, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

  • 2011 – 2012
    Visiting fellow at the DAI (German Archaeological Institute) Rome

  • 2014
    Habilitation in Ancient History, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

  • Since 2016
    Heisenberg fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

  • 2016 – 2017
    Visiting professor at the University of Dresden (sabbatical replacement position)

Selected publications


  • Was die römische Welt zusammenhält. Patron-Klient-Verhältnisse zwischen Cicero und Cyprian (Klio / Beihefte. Neue Folge 26), Berlin 2015.

  • Als Kadmos nach Boiotien kam. Polis und Ethnos im Spiegel thebanischer Gründungsmythen (Hermes Einzelschriften 98), Stuttgart 2006.


  • Decline and Glorification: Patron-Client Relationships in the Roman Republic, in: M. JEHNE, F. PINA POLO (Hgg.), Foreign clientelae in the Roman empire. A Reconsideration (Historia Einzelschriften 238), Stuttgart 2015, 43-54.

  • Boiotia and the Boiotian Leagues (with H. BECK), in: H. BECK, P. FUNKE (edd.), Federalism in Greek Antiquity, Cambridge 2015, 132-157.

  • Ethnicity and Local Myth, in: J. MCINERNEY (ed.), A Companion to Ethnicity in the Ancient Mediterranean (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World), Malden/Oxford/Chichester 2014, 228–240.

  • A Two-Sided Story of Integration: The cultic dimension of Boeotian ethnogenesis, in: P. FUNKE, M. HAAKE (edd.), Greek Federal States and their Sanctuaries. Identity and Integration. Proceedings of an International Conference of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” Held in Münster, 17.06.-19.06.2010, Stuttgart 2013, 85–105.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Cults and Emotion in the Greco-Roman World

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Verband der Historikerinnen und Historiker Deutschlands (VHD, Association of German Historians)

  • Deutscher Hochschulverband (DHV, German Association of University Professors and Lecturers)

  • Mommsengesellschaft (association of German Scholars related to Greek and Roman Antiquities)

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Married, two children


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