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Primary and secondary school in Denmark, Canada and USA

High school graduation, Odense Katedralskole, 1974

Gold medal in history, University of Aarhus, 1979

Fellow at the Danish Institute in Rome, 1980-81

M.A. (history and art history), University of Aarhus, 1981

Ph.D. (history), University of Aarhus, 1987

Dr.phil. (history), University of Southern Denmark, 2004

Married with two daughters

Work experience:

Deputy director, Sfinx magazine, 1981-83

Assistant curator, Museum of Ancient Art, Aarhus, 1983-84

Research fellow, University of Aarhus, 1984-86

Managing director, Aarhus University Press, 1985-2000

Associate professor (førsteamanuensis) of ancient history, University of Bergen, 1994-2000

Teacher trainee, Amtsgymnasiet i Hadsten, 1998

Associate professor of ancient history (lektor), University of Southern Denmark at Esbjerg, 2000-2007

Senior guest researcher, Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for Black Sea Studies, spring 2005

Associate professor of ancient history (lektor), University of Southern Denmark at Kolding, 2007-2013. 

Associate professor of ancient history (lektor), University of Southern Denmark at Odense, 2013-2022.

Organisational experience:

Trustee, Orbis Terrarum publishers, 1983-; board of directors, 2010-2011.

Chairman, University of Aarhus historical commission (Universitetshistorisk udvalg), 1986-89

President, International Association of Scholarly Publishers, 1992-1998

Executive committee, International Publishers Association, 1995-1998

Editorial committee, Classica et Mediaevalia. Revue danoise de philologie et d’histoire, 1998-2004; editor in chief 2005-

Deputy head (studiekoordinator) of the Department of History, University of Southern Denmark at Esbjerg, 2000-2003 and 2006-2007.

Scientific Committee, Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for Black Sea Studies, 2002-2004

Steering group, HMAP-Med, and project coordinator for HMAP Black Sea, 2005-2007

Chairman, University of Southern Denmark historical commission (Universitetshistorisk udvalg), 2007-2016.

Board of governors, Aabenraa Statsskole, 2007-2010

Study coordinator, History programme, University of Southern Denmark at Kolding, 2007-2008 and 2011-2013

Board of trustees, Ernst-Kirsten Gesellschaft, Internationale Gesellschaft für die historische Geographie der alten Welt, 2011-

Board of directors, Skalk Foundation, 2016-

PI, "Where East meets West" 2012-2015 (www.sdu.dk/halys)


Research areas

Roman technology: roads, bridges, military technology

Ancient cartography

Cyprus in the Hellenistic and Roman period

Roman Asia Minor, especially Bithynia and Pontus.

Roman Gaul

Urbanisation and urban politics in the Roman Empire

Read more about ancient fishing: http://hmap.ruc.dk/projects/m&b/Scientific/history_fisheries_Mediterranean_Black_Sea.html

Read more about local politics in Roman Asia minor: http://www.pontos.dk/publications/books/black-sea-studies-7

Research information

Research networks


HMAP (see http://www.hmapcoml.org/ ; http://hmap.ruc.dk/projects/m&b/Scientific/history_fisheries_Mediterranean_Black_Sea.html


Research areas

  • Roman Archaeology
  • Peripheral Regions
  • Survey Archaeology
  • Historiography


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