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:

05.10.2021: Lecture Series in winter semester 2021/22

In the upcoming winter semester, the RTG offers a lecture series on "Concepts of Man and Nature: Universal, Specific, Interchanged". The lecture series focuses on the results of various dissertation projects that have been developed in the RTG.

05.10.2021: Dissertation "Konzepte von Müdigkeit und Schlaf im alten Ägypten" published!

Simone Gerhards Dissertation "Konzepte von Müdigkeit und Schlaf im alten Ägypten" is published. More Information here.

31.08.2021: Dissertation "Didaxe und Natur. Darstellung und Funktionalisierung der Natur in Thomasins von Zerklaere ,Welschem Gast‘, in Freidanks ,Bescheidenheit‘ und in Hugos von Trimberg ,Renner‘" published!

The Dissertation "Didaxe und Natur. Darstellung und Funktionalisierung der Natur in Thomasins von Zerklaere ,Welschem Gast‘, in Freidanks ,Bescheidenheit‘ und in Hugos von Trimberg ,Renner‘" of Sandra Hofert is published. More Information here.

29.07.2021: International Method Workshop 'Quality and Quantity' on October 7th - 9th

The international method workshop 'Quality and quantity - approaches to humans and nature in an interdisciplinary dialogue' takes place on October 7th - 9th. In the workshop, interdisciplinary methodological questions from ancient studies are discussed in the context of qualitative and quantitative approaches.