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 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.


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.

Available positions: 6 doctoral positions

The Research Training Group 1876 offers 6 doctoral positions starting on October 1st, 2019. See here for complete Call.

Workshop "Emotion Research: Current Methods and Approaches"

At the 25. and 26. February the RTG member Dr. Douglas Cairns organizes a Workshop with the topic "Emotion Research: Current Methods and Approaches". More Information here.

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Conference “Concepts of Humans and Nature between Specificity and Universality”

The RTG 1876 will host an international conference in Mainz on July 15th-17th, 2019. See here for Call for Papers.

Paper by Prof. Dr. D. Cairns

At the 10 January 2019 Prof. Dr. Douglas Cairns will present a paper about "Mental Conflict from Homer to Eustathius".

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. ...