Paul Zanker

Paul Zanker ( born February 7, 1937 in Konstanz ) is a German classical archaeologist.

Zanker studied Classical Archaeology and History in Munich, Rome and Freiburg. He received his doctorate in 1962 and his habilitation in 1967. Subsequently, he was a lecturer in Freiburg. From 1972 to 1976 Zanker was a full professor in Göttingen, 1976-2002 Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Munich and at the same 1995 to 2002 director of the German Archaeological Institute in Rome. During the same period he was Director of the Munich Museum of Casts Classic works of art, which could reach the old size under his direction again. After his retirement in 2002 Zanker taught for some years as a professor of ancient art history ( Storia dell'arte antica ) at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. In the academic year 1993/94 Zanker was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study Berlin.

Zanker studies on Roman transformations of Greek statues, the Roman portrait, the political dimension of ancient art, especially in the Augustan period, as well as the Pompeian living taste were pioneering in Classical Archaeology and have numerous researches initiated.

Zanker is a full member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, the Academia Europaea, the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and the Pontificia Accademia Romana di Archeological Museum. As a member of the Bavarian Academy Zanker is also Chairman of the Commission for the Corpus vasorum Antiquorum and the Commission to explore the ancient town life. Paul Zanker was 1990/1991 Sather Professor at the University of California at Berkeley and was honored in 2008 1999 with the Reuchlin Prize of the City of Pforzheim with the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art.


  • Change the Hermes figure in Attic vase painting. Habelt, Bonn 1965. [ Dissertation, 1962 ]
  • Forum Augustum. The image program. Wasmuth, Tübingen 1968
  • Roman Forum. The redesigned by Augustus, Wasmuth, Tübingen 1968 ISBN 3-8030-1404-2
  • Neoclassical statues. Studies on the change of taste in art in the Roman Empire, of Saverne, Mainz 1974 [ Habilitation ]
  • Studies on the Augustus - portraits, Volume 1: The Actium type. Göttingen 1973. ( Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen, Philology and History class. Episode 3, 85) ISBN 3-525-82358-4
  • Provincial imperial portraits. On the Reception of self-expression of the princeps. Munich 1983. ( Proceedings of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, Class of Humanities, New Series 90)
  • Augustus and the power of images, C. H. Beck, Munich 1987 ISBN 3-406-32067-8 (also: Leipzig, Koehler & Amelang 1987); 4th Edition, 2003.
  • The drunken old man. The laughter of the reviled, Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 1988 ISBN 3-596-23960-5
  • Pompeii. Cityscape and residential flavor of Saverne, Mainz 1995 ( Cultural History of the Ancient World, Volume 61 ) ISBN 3-8053-1685-2
  • Editor Michael Wörrle: Cityscape and citizens picture in Hellenism ( Vestigia, Volume 47 ). C. H. Beck Verlag, Munich 1995, ISBN 3-406-39036-6
  • The Mask of Socrates. The image of the intellectual in Ancient Art, CH Beck, Munich 1995 ISBN 3-406-39080-3
  • An art for the senses. For the imagery of Dionysus and Aphrodite, Wagenbach, Berlin 1998 ISBN 3-8031-5162-7
  • With Björn Christian Ewald: Living with myths. The imagery of the Roman sarcophagi, Hirmer, München 2004 ISBN 3-7774-9650-2
  • The Apotheosis of the Roman Emperor. Ritual and urban stage. Munich, Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation 2004.