Frank Kolb

Frank Kolb ( born February 27, 1945 in Rhein - Bach Untermerzbach ) is a German historian.

Frank Kolb in 1970 received his doctorate at the University of Bonn with the excited and maintained by John Straub working Literary relations between Cassius Dio, Herodian, and the Historia Augusta. He habilitated after a two -year stay in the United States ( Princeton ) in 1975 at the University of Berlin. Piston was 1977-1986 Professor of Ancient History at the University of Kiel, before he accepted a professorship at the University of Tübingen, where he taught until his retirement in 2013. He was succeeded in February 2014 Sebastian Schmidt- Hofner. Kolb, who has also conducted archaeological excavations, is one of the most prominent ancient historians in Germany and has a whole range of topics - published important work - from archaic Greece to the Roman late antiquity. To Kolb's students count Ralf Behr Forest, Martin Zimmermann, Jens -Uwe Krause, Artvin Brandt, Hilmar Klinkott, Christof Schuler and Hartmut Blum.

A wider public Kolb was known in 2001 when he delivered himself with the archaeologist Manfred Korfmann an increasingly bitterly fought dispute over Korfmann interpretation of the excavation findings in Troy. This was associated with the epistemological question of the relative importance of different methodological methods of approaching the prehistory and early history. While Kolb's position was broad consensus among the ancient historians, the judgment of archaeologists and representatives of other historical disciplines was differentiated, which clearly was when Troy Symposium (2002) and in later publications. At the latest with the death Korfmann (2005) came the Troy debate to a virtual standstill.

In 1997 he was awarded the Max Planck Research Award. Since 1999 he is a full member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences.


  • Literary relations between Cassius Dio, Herodian, and the Historia Augusta. Bon 1972, ISBN 3-7749-1166-5.
  • Agora and theater, folk and solemn assembly. Man, Berlin 1981, ISBN 3-7861-1262-2.
  • The city in ancient times. Munich 1984, ISBN 3-406-03172-2.
  • Studies on the Historia Augusta. Bonn 1987, ISBN 3-7749-2316-7.
  • Diocletian and the Tetrarchy first. Improvisation or experiment in monarchical rule? Berlin 1987.
  • Rome. The history of the city in antiquity. Munich 1995.
  • Ruling ideology in late antiquity. Berlin 2001.
  • Tatort " Troy ." History - Myths - politics. Ferdinand Schöningh, Paderborn 2010 ISBN 978-3-506-77009-7
  • Publisher: Lycian studies, Volumes 1-7, Bonn.