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Professor Dr

Hans-Joachim Gehrke

Year of election: 2010
Section: Cultural Sciences
City: Berlin
Country: Germany


Hans-Joachim Gehrke has been President of the German Archaeological Institute Berlin until 2011. For many years before he had been Professor of Ancient History at Universities of Würzburg, Berlin (FU) and Freiburg (1982-2008). His research activities and publications range widely, from Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic Greece to the Roman Republic and Empire, from social and political history to the history of political concepts and theories, including the role of history in shaping collective identities.

He is particularly interested in the transdisciplinary collaboration between history, archaeology and the life and earth sciences. In all these fields he made major contributions, particularly in analyzing ancient civil wars and methods of socio-political reconciliation and in creating the concept of intentional history. Relevant publications include

Stasis: Untersuchungen zu den inneren Kriegen in den griechischen Staaten des 5. und 4. Jahrhunderts v. Chr. (1985);

Geschichte des Hellenismus (4th edn. 2008);

Alexander der Grosse (4th edn. 2005, trans. into many languages),

Geschichte der Antike: Ein Studienbuch (3rd edn. 2010)

and (ed., together with L. Foxhall and N. Luraghi) Intentional History. Spinning Time in Ancient Greece (2010).

Photo: Silvia Gehrke


  • since 2011 Emeritus at the Universität Freiburg and Senior Advisor to the rector
  • 2008-2011 President of the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut Berlin, honorary professor for Ancient History at the Freie Universität Berlin and ther Humboldt-Universität Berlin
  • 1987-2008 Professor at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (i. Br.)
  • 1984-1987 Professor at the Freie Universität Berlin
  • 1982-1984 Professor at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
  • 1982 Habilitation
  • 1973-1982 Assistant Professor at the Althistorisches Seminar, Universität Göttingen
  • 1973 Dr. phil.




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E-Mail archiv (at)leopoldina.org

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