Early Concepts of Humans and Nature: Universal, Specific, Interchanged

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

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.

"Impious Dogs, Haughty Foxes and Exquisite Fish" published!

The volume "Impious Dogs, Haughty Foxes and Exquisite Fish. Evaluative Perception and Interpretation of Animals in Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean Thought" edited by Tristan Schmidt and Johannes Pahlitzsch has recently been published. For further information, please click here

International Conference on 15th-17th July 2019

The RTG invites to the International Conference "Concepts of Humans and Nature between Specificity and Universality" on the 15th-17th July 2019. Prior Registration is kindly requested. More Information here.

39. Meeting of the Ancient Medicine Interdisciplinary Working Group

The Ancient Medicine Interdisciplinary Working Group will meet for the 39. time on 15. and 16. June. The Topic is "Ungesagtes und Unsagbares - Leerstellen und Ambiguitäten in der Heilkunde als epistemologische Herausforderung". More Information on the Flyer (German).

Dissertation "MondSymbolik - MondWissen" published!

The Dissertation "MondSymbolik – MondWissen. Lunare Konzepte in den ägyptischen Tempeln griechisch-römischer Zeit" of Victoria Altmann-Wendling is published. More Information here.

"Finding, Inheriting or Borrowing?" published!

The RTG-Members J. Althoff, D. Berrens and T. Pommerening published their book "Finding, Inheriting or Borrwoing? The Construction and Transfer of Knowledge in Antiquity and the Middle Ages". More Information here.

New Mercator Fellow

Since the 1st December 2018 is Prof. Dr. Douglas Cairns Mercator Fellow at the RTG 1876. Further information follows.

Dissertation "Hirtenbilder – Untersuchungen zur kulturimmanenten Sicht auf eine altägyptische Personengruppe" published

The dissertation of Dr. Sonja Guth (née Gerke) "Hirtenbilder – Untersuchungen zur kulturimmanenten Sicht auf eine altägyptische Personengruppe" has been published in the series Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur (SAK). More Information can be found  here.

The Research Training Group 1876 offers positions for associate members. ...