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:

09.11.2020: New team of spokespersons

At the meeting of the executive committee on November 5, 2020, Prof. Dr. Jochen Althoff (Class. Philology/Greek studies) was appointed as new spokesperson. From now on, the position of vice spokesperson will be taken over by Prof. Dr. Alexander Pruß (Near Eastern Archaeology). The RTG in all its parts knows what it owes to its former spokesperson and founder, Prof. Dr. Tanja Pommerening. The new team of spokespersons will strive to continue the RTG in her spirit.

26.10.2020: Congratulations on appointment!

The long-time spokesperson of the RTG 1876, Prof. Dr. Tanja Pommerening (Egyptology), accepted an appointment to a professorship at the University of Marburg. Mrs. Pommerening developed the idea of the RTG 1876 more than 7 years ago and worked out the concept with great energy and persistence until it was ready for application. The scientific work within the RTG has been professionalized continuously and further developed in all directions under the constant guidance of Mrs. Pommerening. As organizer and supervisor, she has worked with untiring energy in all places within and outside of the university and has been very committed to the RTG, the Egyptology in Mainz and young scientists. Fortunately, Mrs. Pommerening will remain with the core faculty and she will continue her supervising activity to a full extent. We wish her a good start and a successful work in Marburg and thank her for the many years of support and collaboration!

04.08.2020: "Systems of Classification in Premodern Medical Cultures: Sickness, Health, and Local Epistemologies" by Ulrike Steinert published!

The Book "Systems of Classification in Premodern Medical Cultures: Sickness, Health, and Local Epistemologies", edited by Dr. Ulrike Steinert is published. More Information 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.