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Sub-Project Vössing

Precarious divinity: The Roman emperor’s self-definition as God in relation to competing strategies of legitimising Herrschaft

The sub-project will approach one of the central practices for the Roman Emperor to legitimate his Herrschaft, namely the divinity of the princeps, by systematically analysing all its conflicts and contradictions. The focus of work will be on the multilayered tensions, which from the beginning were crucial to the concept of the God-like emperor and changed during the first two centuries AD according to different contexts.


Principal Investigator:


VoessingProf. Dr. Konrad Vössing

Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft
Abteilung für Alte Geschichte
Am Hof 1e
53113 Bonn





Research Assistants:


HamacherDavid Hamacher, M.A.

Sonderforschungsbereich 1167 "Macht und Herrschaft"
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Poppelsdorfer Allee 24
53115 Bonn






Dr. Janico Albrecht




Joachim Karmaat, M.A.



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