Werner Eck

Werner Eck ( born December 17, 1939 in Nuremberg, Germany) is a German historian and epigraphists.


Eck attended 1950-1959 humanistic Gymnasium in Bamberg and Nuremberg. In 1959, the graduate of the classical Gymnasium in Nuremberg. Then he studied until 1965 in Erlangen history, Latin, Greek, German and archeology. In 1965 the state examination for secondary school teaching in the subjects of Latin and German, and in November 1966 in history. From 1965 to 1968 Eck graduated doctoral degree in Ancient History at the University of Erlangen -Nuremberg. From 1967 to April 1969 he was a research assistant at the University of Erlangen- Nuremberg and 1969-1974 research assistant at the University of Cologne. After completing his PhD at Friedrich Vittinghoff 1968 on the Roman leadership of the Flavian dynasty and the Cologne Habilitation 1975 on the state organization of Italy in the High Empire was Eck first since 1976 professor at the University of Saarland. An appointment to a full professorship at the University - University of Essen, he refused in 1976. From February 1979 to August 2007 he was Professor of Ancient History at the University of Cologne. In 1985 he refused the offer of a full professorship of Ancient History at the University of Freiburg. From 1985 to 1989 he was Dean of the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Cologne. Eck had also a visiting professor at the University of South Africa (1985 ), the University of La Sapienza (1991 ), the University of Bologna (1992 ), the University of Naples Federico II (1998) and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Paris (2003 ), the University Eichstätt ( 2011) and sat as a visiting member at Wolfson College, Oxford (1989) and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton (1983). 1995/96 he was a Fellow of the Historical College in Munich, 1999/2000, Member at Sackler Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Tel Aviv.

Eck is one of the internationally most distinguished experts in the Roman Empire as well as for Latin epigraphy. His research interests lie in the administrative and social history, prosopography, and the history of early Christianity. Major research projects in which Eck is currently involved in, the history of Roman Cologne under the new history of the city of Cologne as a writer and deputy co-editor are that he jointly as co-editor (since 2009 as the successor to Hugo standing Kaempers Editor), the corpus inscriptionum Iudaeae / Palaestinae with a team of colleagues at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University (long-term project of the German Research Foundation ) care, the publication of the complete Fasti consulares all the Roman consuls in Roman Empire and Late antiquity ( 30 BC to 541 AD ) and the systematic presentation of the administration of the Roman provinces. Eck since 2007 project manager of the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum at the Berlin- Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, where he was before since 1992 project manager of Prosopographia Imperii Romani. Eck has written numerous articles for the New Pauly (DNP ) on the Roman Principes and senators. In 1998 he presented a concise and up several times today launched representation about the Roman Emperor Augustus.

Eck was 1984-2008 Member of the Advisory Board of the Commission for Ancient History and Epigraphy Munich and is a corresponding member of the Austrian Archaeological Institute, the Academy of Finland in Helsinki, the Pontificia Accademia Romana di Archeological Museum in Rome, the British Academy (2004), the Academia de Bones Lletres de Barcelona, as well as a regular member of the German Archaeological Institute. Since 1979, the corner is co-editor of the Journal for Papyrology and Epigraphy ( ZPE ). Eck is also a member of the Accademia Europea and the Association Internationale d' epigraphy Grecque et Latine ( AIEGL ), which he was president from 1997 to 2002. In 1999 he was president of the Archaeological Society of Cologne.

Eck was awarded for his scientific work of numerous awards. In 1994, the Cologne Award of the University of Cologne for his book " Agrippina " he was awarded. 2000 Eck was honored for his research on the history of the Roman Empire with the Max Planck Research Award for Humanities. In 2011 he received the Ausonius price. He is also honorary doctorate from the Babeş -Bolyai University of Cluj (2003), the University of Kassel (2007) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem ( 2008). In 2011 he was Honorary member ( honorary member ) of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies.


A detailed list of publications can be found on Eck's website.

  • Senators from Vespasian to Hadrian. Prosopographical studies with inclusion of the annual provincial and fasting the governor. Beck, Munich, 1970, ISBN 3-406-03096-3 ( Vestigia, Volume 13 ).
  • The state organization of Italy in the High Empire. Beck, Munich 1979, ISBN 3-406-04798- X ( Vestigia, Volume 28 ).
  • The governor of the Germanic provinces from 1 - 3rd Century. Rheinland -Verlag, Cologne, 1985, ISBN 3-7927-0807-8 ( Epigraphic Studies, Volume 14 ).
  • Agrippina, the city founder Cologne. A woman in the early imperial policy. Greven, Cologne 1993, ISBN 3-7743-0271-5.
  • The administration of the Roman Empire in the Early Empire. Selected contributions. 2 volumes, Reinhardt, Basel 1995, ISBN 3-7245-0866-2; 1998, ISBN 3-7245-0962-6.
  • ( with Antonio Caballos and Fernando Fernández ) The Senatus consultum de Cn. Pisone patre. Beck, Munich 1996, ISBN 3-406-41400-1 ( Vestigia, Volume 48 ).
  • Augustus and his time. Beck, Munich 1998, 4th edition 2006, ISBN 3-406-41884-8 (also English, Spanish, Italian and Czech translation ).
  • Cambridge Ancient History. Volume XI, Cap. IV -VII, 2000, pp. 195-293.
  • Cologne in Roman times. History of a city as part of the Roman Empire. Greven, Cologne 2004, ISBN 3-7743-0357-6 ( History of Cologne, Volume 1).
  • Rome and Judea. Five lectures on Roman rule in Palestine. Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2007, ISBN 978-3-16-149460-4 ( Tria Corda, Volume 2).