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Dr. Balbina Bäbler

Main research areas

  • Education and religion in late antiquity Christian libraries
  • Research history: Winckelmann; archeology and reception of antiquity in the 18th century; project "Winckelmann als Philologe"
  • Greeks and "Barbarians"; Greek culture in peripheral areas; Herodotus and the Scythians; questions and problems of acculturation, assimilation and multiculturalism in antiquity; project "Kolchis zwischen Bild und Realität. Zur Konstruktion des Bildes einer Randregion der griechisch-römischen Antike"
  • Time, time reckoning and chronology
  • Antique image descriptions; ekphrasis

Academic career

  • 12/2019–06/2020 research fellow at the Collaborative Research Centre 1136 Education and Religion, sub-project C 01 Enlightened Men – Superstitious Women? Religion, Education and Stereotypes of Gender in Classical Athens
  • 07/2015-06/2019 research fellow at the Collaborative Research Centre 1136 Education and Religion, sub-project A 02: Education and Religion in Christian Libraries in Late Antiquity
  • 2010-2015 research fellow in the project "Winckelmann-Ausgabe" of the Akademie der Wissenschaften und Literatur Mainz (50%)
  • 2011-2012 research fellow at the Institute of Ancient History, Leibniz-University Hanover (50%)
  • 2009-2011 graduate research assistant (project monitoring and research) in the SAPERE-project of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities
  • Summer semester 2005 teaching assignment at the Department of Classical Philology at Hamburg University
  • Since winter semester 2002/03 teaching assignment at the Department of Ancient History at Göttingen University
  • Since 2003 review activity for the British Academy
  • 2000-2004 Honorary fellow of the University of Exeter, School of Classics, Ancient History and Theology
  • 1998-2000 assistant at the Institute of Ancient History, Bern University; collaboration on `"Inventar historischer Verkehrswege der Schweiz" (IVS): Aufnahme der siedlungsrelevanten archäologischen Funde des schweizerischen Mittellandes`
  • 1997 studies abroad in Athens; work for the Epigraphic, Piraeus- and Agora-Museum
  • 1991 two-month excavation in Vani (Georgia) under direction of Prof. Dr. Otar Lordkipanidze
  • 1987-1997 tours for classes and the general public in the plaster collection of the Institute of Classical Archeology (since 1994: "Antikensammlung Bern")
  • 1987 two-month excavation with the Archäologischen Dienst des Kantons Bern
  • 1986-1993 studies in Classical Archeology (Prof. D. Willers), Greek Philology (Prof. Th. Gelzer), Latin Philology (Prof. Chr. Schäublin) at the Faculty of Philosophy and History, Bern University

Academic degrees

  • 1997 doctorate in Classiscal Archeology ("insigni cum laude")
  • 1993 licentiate in Class. Archeology, Greek and Latin Philology (rating "excellent"); licentiate thesis: "Barbaren in der attischen Sepulkralskulptur des 5. und 4. Jahrhunderts v. Chr."