Early Concepts of Man and Nature: Universal, Local, Borrowed

The Research Training Group (RTG) 1876 is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The participating disciplines are Egyptology, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Archaeology, Classical Philology, Pre- and Protohistorical Archaeology (Pleistocene Archaeology), Classical Archaeology, Medieval German Studies, Byzantine Studies, and Medical History.

The RTG is interested in establishing where and when similar beliefs and concepts originated, whether this happened independently, or if such concepts were transmitted or even exchanged between early cultures, and in how, and why they then changed over time. The time span of the RTG extends from the dawn of history (ca. 100.000 years B.C.E.) to the Middle Ages within an area that comprises the ancient Near East, the Mediterranean, and Europe.

International Workshop "Resurrecting the Ancient Mind - Cognitive Science in Archaeology and Philology"
Dissertation project of Victoria Altmann-Wendling (Egyptology): Lunar Symbolism - Lunar Knowledge. Concepts of the Moon in the Egyptian Temples of the Graeco-Roman Period
Dissertation project of Dominic Bärsch (Classical Philology): Ends of the World. Concepts of Dissolution in Greek and Latin Literature
Dissertation project of Dominik Berrens (Classical Philology): Social insects in antiquity. A contribution to concepts of nature in the Greco-Roman culture
Dissertation project of Laura Borghetti (Byzantine Studies): The depiction of natural phenomena in the Byzantine literature of the 9th to 11th century
Dissertation project of Tim Brandes (Ancient Near Eastern Studies): The Mesopotamian Concept of Time in Nature and Society of the 1st Millennium BC.
Dissertation project of Imke Fleuren (Egyptology): Concepts of non-indigenous fauna in Egypt
Dissertation project of Simone Gerhards (Egyptology): Concepts of tiredness, sleep and awakening in ancient Egypt
Dissertation project of Sonja Gerke (Egyptology): The interest in animals as a subject of ancient Egyptian professions
Dissertation project of Nadine Gräßler (Egyptology): Concepts of the eye in ancient Egypt
Dissertation project of Katharina Hillenbrand (Classical Philology): Volcanic phenomena in Roman Antiquity. Discursive formation and literary fracture
Dissertation project of Sandra Hofert (German Language and Literature Studies): Volkssprachliche Naturdidaxe. Funktionalisierung und Instrumentalisierung von Tieren, Pflanzen und Steinen in deutschsprachigen Texten des Hochmittelalters
Dissertation project of Shahrzad Irannejad (Pharmaceutical Biology): Localization of the Avicennean inner senses in a Hippocratic Body
Dissertation project of Mirna Kjorveziroska (German Language and Literature Studies): Tenting – hunting – getting oriented. Cultural practices in nature in the novel around 1300
Dissertation project of Sina Lehnig (Classical Archaeology): Changing Concepts of Landscape between Mediterranean and Arid Regions in the Roman-Byzantine Levant
Dissertation project of Marie-Charlotte von Lehsten (Classical Philology): Concepts of night in archaic and classical Greek literature
Dissertation project of Aleksandar Milenković (Classical Philology): Concepts of visual perception in Greek scientific thought from the V. century BC to the II. century AD
Dissertation project of Stephanie Mühlenfeld (German Language and Literature Studies): Concepts of 'exotic' animals in the Middle Ages
Dissertation project of Oxana Polozhentseva (German Language and Literature Studies): Tote Körper: Semantiken des Sterblichen / Vergänglichen in den mittelalterlichen deutschen Texten
Dissertation project of Sarah Prause (Classical Archaeology): (Partial) blind, blending, blindness - Investigations on the topic of 'blindness' in the Greek pictorial world of the late 8th - 4th century BC
Dissertation project of Florian Schimpf (Classical Archaeology): Man – Nature – Religion: A study concerning development, form and perception of sacred landscape in Asia Minor
Dissertation project of Tristan Schmidt (Byzantine Studies): Animal imagery in the political discourse of the Byzantine imperial court from the late 11th to early 13th century
Dissertation project of Sonja Speck (Egyptology): Origins and development of Ancient Egyptian body concepts in Pre- and Early Dynastic anthropomorphic sculpture
Dissertation project of Jakub Sypiański (Byzantine Studies): Science without frontiers? Political context of circulation of knowledge between the Byzantine Empire and the Muslim world in 750-1100 C.E.
Dissertation project of Mari Yamasaki (Near Eastern Archaeology): Evolving concepts of seascapes and marine fauna in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Bronze Age
Dissertation project of Katharina Zartner (Near Eastern Archaeology): Protector of the herds, opponent of the wilderness, Lord of the animals. An investigation into the figure of the hero with six curls
Dissertation project of Valeria Zubieta Lupo (Ancient Near Eastern Studies): Concepts of the Hittite Healing Praxis
New Publication: 'Classification from Antiquity to Modern Times' published by Tanja Pommerening and Walter Bisang
New Publication: 'Konzepte des Auges im alten Ägypten' published by Nadine Gräßler


The Research Training Group 1876 offers a position of a scientific coordinator.
The Research Training Group 1876 offers positions for associate members. ...
The Research Training Group 1876 invites to its International Workshop "Resurrecting the Ancient Mind - Cognitive Science in Archaeology and Philology". ...
The core faculty of the Gutenberg Nachwuchskollegs (GNK) has elected Univ.-Prof. Dr. Tanja Pommerening as new director. ...
The new book "Classification from Antiquity to Modern Times: Sources, Methods, and Theories from an Interdisciplinary Pespective" has been published by Tanja Pommerening and Walter Bisang. ...
The new book "Konzepte des Auges im alten Ägypten" has been published by Nadine Gräßler. ...