Professor Dr. Bruno Bleckmann
Alfried Krupp Senior Fellow
(October 2018 - September 2019)
Studied Old History at the Universities of Würzburg, Münster and Köln
Professor for Old History at the University of Düsseldorf
Fellow project: „History of Ancient Historiography. From Herodotus to Theophylactos Simokattes“
The existence of a historiography describing some pieces of the path of human communities in a nuanced and artistically pleasant manner is one of the most important peculiarities of Greco-Roman antiquity. This type of historiography was practiced from the fifth century BC to the transition to the early Byzantine epoch, often by authors who worked in deliberate imitation and continuation of earlier historians. The historiography can therefore be described as a particularly impressive example of the continuity of cultural practices in antiquity. In contrast to previous syntheses on the history of historiography, which focus mainly on the Greek historiography to Poseidonios and treat the later time at best as an appendix, the later epochs and the new genera as the church history should be considered in the project on an equal scale, in order to convey a more complete picture of the path of historiography.