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.

News from the RTG:

25.06.2020: Call for Applications: 1 doctoral position as of October 1st, 2020.

The RTG 1876 is filling 1 doctoral position, starting on October 1st, 2020. Application deadline is on July 31st, 2020. For more information see here.

19.02.2020: Dissertation "Politische Tierbildlichkeit in Byzanz" published!

The Dissertation "Politische Tierbildlichkeit in Byzanz - Spätes 11. bis frühes 13. Jahrhundert" of Tristan Schmidt is published. More Information here.

15.06.2019: "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. This volume results from the International Conference 2016 of the RTG 1876 "Finding, Inheriting or Borrowing? Construction and Transfer of Knowledge of Man and Nature in Antiquity and the Middle Ages". For further information, please click here.

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