Short CV/Education and training

  • 1970 – 1976
    Studied philosophy, classical philology and archaeology at the University of Vienna, Austria

  • 1974 – 1975
    Student assistant in the Department of Classical Philology at the University of Vienna

  • 1976 – 1982
    Assistant in the Department of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology at the University of Vienna, numerous international stays, lectures and memberships

  • 1979
    Lecturer for introductory coursework on late antiquity and early Christian monuments

  • 1985 – 1988
    Senior staff member at the excavations in Teurnia

  • Since 1986
    Head of a wide variety of research projects, primarily on Eastern Christianity in the Balkans and lands around the Black Sea; founder of two associations as well as of the journal Mitteilungen zur Christlichen Archäologie (Christian Archaeology News)

  • 1991 – 2000
    Head of the department Early Christian Archaeology. Visiting professorships in Austria and abroad

  • Since 1995
    Senior staff member at the excavations in Sandanski (Bulgaria) and head of the excavations of Christian monuments in Ephesus

  • 1997
    Adjunct university professor at the Institute of Classical Archaeology (IKA) in Vienna

  • 1999
    Head of the research group Christian Archaeology in the research unit Archaeology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Organisation of exhibitions, meetings and a world congress

  • Since 1999
    University professor of Early Christian Archaeology in the Institute of Classical Archaeology at the University of Vienna

  • 1999 – 2004
    Vice dean of studies

  • 2001 – 2007
    On the institute board at IKA

  • Since 2001
    Head of the department of Early Christian Archaeology

Selected publications

  • R. Pillinger: Die Tituli Historiarum oder das sogenannte Dittochaeon des Prudentius. Versuch eines philologisch-archäologischen Kommentars, Vienna 1980 (Denkschriften der phil.-hist. Klasse der ÖAW (Austrian Academy of Sciences) 142) = slightly revised version of the dissertation of the same title.

  • R. Pillinger: Studien zu römischen Zwischengoldgläsern 1: Geschichte der Technik und Das Problem der Authentizität, Vienna 1984 (Denkschriften der phil.-hist. Klasse der ÖAW 110) = Habilitation (postdoctoral) thesis.

  • R. Pillinger: Das Martyrium des heiligen Dasius, Vienna 1988 (Sitzungsberichte der phil.-hist. Klasse der ÖAW 517).

  • R. Pillinger, A. Minčev, P. Georgiev: Ein frühchristliches Grabmal mit Wandmalerei bei Ossenovo (Bezirk Varna/Bulgaria), Vienna 1989 (Schriften der Balkan-Kommission der ÖAW, Antiquarische Abteilung 17).

  • R. Pillinger: Der Apostel Andreas. Ein Heiliger von Ost und West im Bild der frühen Kirche (Ikonographisch-ikonologische Studie), Vienna 1994 (Sitzungsberichte der phil.-hist. Klasse der ÖAW 612).

  • R. Pillinger: Die Bulgarisch-orthodoxe Kirche in Wien und Das sichtbare Gotteshaus als Abbild des geistigen Kirchenbaus – nach östlicher Tradition, bulgarisch-deutsch, Vienna 1997.

  • R. Pillinger: „Gold in der frühchristlichen Kunst“, in: S. Deger-Jalkotzy & N. Schindl (eds.): Gold. Meeting on the occasion of the founding of the Centre for Ancient World Studies at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, 19 – 20 April 2007, = Denkschriften der phil.-hist. Klasse der ÖAW 377 = Origines 1. Vienna 2009, 83-86 and Tables 1-16.

  • R. Pillinger: „Paratextual Literature in Early Christian Art (Acta Pauli et Theclae)”, in: Ph. S. Alexander, A. Lange & R. J. Pillinger (eds.): In the Second Degree. Paratextual Literature in Ancient Near Eastern and Ancient Mediterranean Culture and Its Reflections in Medieval Literature. Leiden 2010, 239-266.

  • R. Pillinger: „Der Umgang der Ukraine mit ihrem antiken und religiösen Erbe“, in: J. Besters-Dilger & A. Woldan (eds.): Die Ukraine auf ihrem Weg nach Europa. Die Ära Juschtschenko. Frankfurt am Main – Berlin – Bern – Brussels – New York – Oxford – Vienna 2011, 277–291.

  • R. Pillinger: "Jüdische Alltagskultur in Ephesos und Umgebung im Spiegel der Denkmäler", in: R. Deines, J. Herzer & K.-W. Niebuhr (eds.): Neues Testament und hellenistisch-jüdische Alltagskultur. Wechselseitige Wahrnehmungen. III. International Symposium on the Corpus Judeo-Hellenisticum Novi Testamenti, 21 – 24 May 2009, Leipzig, Tübingen 2011 (WUNT 274), 85–98.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • The early Christian church complex in Sandanski

  • Christian motifs on late antique and early islamic textiles from Egypt

  • The so-called cave of St. Paul

  • The role of early Christianity (including in the process of Europeanization) in the area that is today Ukraine

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Full member of the philosophical and historical division of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), since 2010

  • Deputy chair of the editorial commission of the Corpus of the Latin Church Fathers, 2008 – 2011

  • Member of the Comitato promotore dei Congressi Internazionali di Archeologia Cristiana, since 1999

  • Member of numerous commissions for the Austrian Academy of Sciences, since 1993

  • Deputy chair of the Balkan Commission (ÖAW), 1993 – 1997

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Languages

  • Singing (especially Gregorian chant music)

  • Sport


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