Celts, Romans and Germans: Constructions of Antique Lifeworlds in the Context of Political Identity Formation
Different political and social points of departure lead to quite different perspectives on history. This is particularly noticeable with regard to ancient ethnicities. Since their “discovery” in humanism up to processes of nation building and Europeanisation, they have played – and still play – markedly varying roles as bearers of cultural identities, depending on the spirit of the times and the initial political situation: for a social group, a region, a nation or Europe. Old images and stereotypes are thereby frequently passed on or adapted, so that today old and new are mixed in many representations. In a binational comparison between France and Germany, this project considers past and present historical depictions of Celts, Romans and Germans from this perspective.
Project Director: Dr. Miriam Sénécheau Prehistory (Frühgeschichtliche Archäologie)
Former Assistants: Anabelle Thurn, Marius Miche