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Jun.-Prof. Dr. Katharina Meinecke

Junior Professor

Archäologie des Mittelmeerraumes (JP)
Ritterstraße 14, Room 104
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-30701
Fax: +49 341 97-30709


For me, Classical Archaeology involves cultural interactions and exchange between the Greco-Roman Mediterranean and its neighboring and successor cultures. I base both my research and my teaching on a close scrutiny of original artefacts, sites, and images which I strive to embed in larger, often transcultural and transhistorical contexts. I emphasize interconnections between geographically and chronologically dispersed visual and material cultures to trace iconographic and typological development, contexts of use, and transforming connotations. With Hellenistic genre representations and Roman sarcophagi, I study topics from the heart of the Greco-Roman Mediterranean. My interdisciplinary research on 'long Late Antiquity's' visual culture from a global perspective focusses on connectivities between the Mediterranean world and other regions of ancient Afro-Eurasia.

Professional career

  • since 04/2021
    Junior-professor for Mediterranean Archaeology at Leipzig University
  • since 05/2019
    University lecturer at the Department of Classical Archeology, University of Vienna
  • 10/2018
    Habilitation at the University of Vienna, venia legendi in Classical Archyeology; thesis "Der Kalif als spätantiker Herrscher. Vorislamische Bildmotive in der visuellen Kultur der Umayyaden (The Caliph as a Late Antique Sovereign. Pre-Islamic Iconographic Motifs in Umayyad Visual Culture)"
  • 09/2018 - 08/2019
    Director of the Photo Library and Scientific Officer for North Africa at the German Archaeological Institute, Rome Department
  • 04/2018
    Guest professor at Masarykova Univerzita, Centrum raně středověkých studií (Centre for Early Medieval Studies), Brno
  • 10/2011 - 09/2017
    Post-doctoral University Assistant at the University of University of Vienna, Department of Classiscal Archaeology
  • 10/2010 - 09/2011
    Travelling Fellowship of the German Archaeological Institute
  • 06/2009 - 09/2010
    Research Fellow at the DFG-funded project 'Qasr al-Mshatta', Technische Universität Berlin, Department of Architectural History
  • 11/2006 - 05/2009
    Research Assistant in the Photo Library at the German Archaeological Institute, Rome Department


  • 02/2004 - 06/2009
    Doctoral Studies at the Humboldt-University of Berlin; dissertation: "Sarcophagum Posuit. Römische Steinsarkophage im Kontext (Roman Stone Sarcophagi in their Original Context)" (supervisor: Prof. Dr. H. Wrede)
  • 10/1998 - 12/2003
    University studies, major: Classical Archaeology, minors: Ancient History, Art History, at Humboldt-University of Berlin and Università "La Sapienza" in Rome; thesis: "Dornausziehergruppen und ihre Rezeption auf Sarkophagen (The Group of Pan and Satyr as Thornpuller and its Representations on Sarcophagi)" (supervisor: Prof. Dr. H. Wrede)
  • Hellenistisch-römische Genreplastik
  • Römische Sepulkralkultur
  • Römische und spätantike Ikonografie
  • Vorislamische Bezüge in der umayyadischen Bildersprache
  • Visuelle Kultur der Spätantike aus globaler Perspektive
  • Digitale Bildwissenschaft