Kai Brodersen

Kai Brodersen

Kai Brodersen in April 2010
Born (1958-06-06) 6 June 1958
Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg
Nationality German
Fields History
Institutions University of Erfurt
Alma mater Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Kai Brodersen (born 6 June 1958) is a contemporary ancient historian and classicist on the faculty of the University of Erfurt. He has edited, and translated, both ancient works and modern classical studies. His research focuses on Greek and Roman historiography and geography, on ancient inscriptions, oracles and wonder-texts, and on the social and economic history as well as reception studies (incl. Asterix).


Kai Brodersen read Ancient History, Classics and (Protestant) Theology, funded by the "Stiftung Maximilianeum" and the Studienstiftung, at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Germany), and the University of Oxford. From LMU Munich he holds a Dr. phil. (1986) and a Dr. phil. habil. (1995). He is married and has 4 grown-up children.

In 1996/7 he was made Chair of Ancient History at the University of Mannheim, which he then served for more than 10 years in leading positions (Dean, Dean of Studies and Dean of Finance, 6 years as Vice-President). In 2008, he was appointed Professor of Ancient Culture (Classics) at the University of Erfurt which he served as its president from 2008 to 2014, and continues to serve as a professor.

He has been a Visiting Fellow at Newcastle University (2000/01), University of St Andrews (2001/02), Royal Holloway, University of London (2006/7), St John's College, Oxford (2007/8), Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu (2014) and the University of Western Australia (2015). He is a member of the Saxonian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and managing editor of the international journal of ancient History Historia.


Greek and Roman Historiography and Geography; Second Sophistic
Greek and Roman Mythography and Paradoxography
Inscriptions, Curse Tablets, Papyri and Oracles
Women in the Ancient World
"Applied Sciences" in Antiquity
Hellenistic History, Septuagint, Aristeas
Roman Provinces
Turning Points in History, Hindsight Bias
Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
Reception Studies


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