Ancient World Research Group

Research in Ancient Studies

Ancient World Research Group consists of faculty, postdocs and PhD students in archaeology, history and religion. Ongoing research is presented and discussed at regular seminars. The seminars also serve as an instrument for education of PhD candidates, who present chapters from their dissertation work. Scholars of antiquity from other departments and institutions also participate at the seminars. All events are open to the public.

Head of the research group: Associate professor Eivind Heldaas Seland

Program fall 2018


Research areas

Gnosticism, orthodoxy and heterodoxy in ancient Christianity with particular attention to Coptic sources.
Ingvild S. GilhusEinar ThomassenAlexandros Tsakos

Ancient Rome. City development: 1) The Tiber: Shaping Urban Movement and Development. 2) Moving through the Gate: traffic systems and urban nodes in Roman Italy. 
Simon Malmberg

Political and social conditions in the Ancient city-states
Ingvar Mæhle

The Roman world and the East (Roman Near East, Palmyra, Red Sea, Indian Ocean)

Jørgen Christian MeyerEivind Heldaas Seland


Ongoing PhD projects

Religion in Late Antiquity

Moa Christina Karlsson

Trade and complex societies along the Silk Road

Tomas Larsen Høisæter

Collegia and neighbourhoods in Ostia

Anna Danilova

Sites and Marginal Landscapes during the Bronze Age. The Prehistoric Tegea.  
Hege Agathe Bakke-Alisøy


Associated researchers

Manichaeism in Late Roman Egypt

Håkon Teigen

Christian and Jewish identity in the Roman Empire 

Birgit van der Lans

Greek temple architecture. Excavation of the sanctuary of Athena Alea at Tegea. Doric temples at Sikyon and Asea. Early developments of Doric temple architecture. 
Erik Østby

Egyptian burial customs in the 18th dynasty
Pål Steiner


Ongoing projects

Globalization, Urbanization and Urban Religion in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Roman and Early Islamic periods (NOS-HS exploratory workshop series 2018-2019)

Recent projects

NeRoNENetworks in the Roman Near East (RCN)

Palmyrena: City, Hinterland and Caravan Trade between Orient and Occident (RCN)