Nadine Becker
Die goldenen Siegelringe der Ägäischen Bronzezeit

Due to their high material value and their meaningful iconography, Aegean signet rings have already attracted considerable attention in research. The focus was often on the analysis and interpretation of images, however, an overall consideration of this extremely complex archaeological genre and its diverse functions within the Minoan-Mycenaean administration and society was lacking so far. For the first time, not only preserved rings but also imprints of signet rings on sealings are systematically investigated in this work, which allows a new understanding of the material and its transformation during the Aegean Bronze Age.

Coming December 2018

Matthias Bartelmann
General Relativity

Einstein‘s theory of general relativity is still the valid theory of gravity and has been confirmed by numerous tests and measurements. It is built upon simple principles and relates the geometry of space-time to its matter-energy content. These lecture notes begin by introducing the physical principles and by preparing the necessary mathematical tools taken from differential geometry. Beginning with Einstein’s field equations, which are introduced in two different ways in the lecture, the motion of test particles in a gravitational field is then discussed, and it is shown how the properties of weak gravitational fields follow from the field equations. Solutions for compact objects and black holes are derived and discussed as well as cosmological models. Two applications of general relativity to astrophysics conclude the lecture notes.

Coming in Spring 2019


Andrea Jördens, Joachim Friedrich Quack (Hg.)
Studien und Texte aus der Heidelberger Papyrussammlung

The aim of the Studien und Texte aus der Heidelberger Papyrussammlung (STHP) series is to provide a home for publications related to the collection. In particular, it comprises editions of Greek, Demotic, Coptic, and Arabic papyri and ostraka, but is not limited to editions. Dissertations completed in the Institute constitute a special focus. Through this, the STHP will serve to witness the many and varied activities of the Heidelberg papyrus collection.

Previously, the series was published under the auspices of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences together with the University press Carl Winter. In the future, the director of the Institute for Papyrology will act as managing editor. As in the past, volumes will be reviewed by scholars in the field, which will ensure the continued high quality of the series. Parallel publication in digital form will guarantee direct online access to the artifacts, something that will further strengthen international recognition of the rich collection of papyrus, ostraka, parchment, and paper holdings in Heidelberg.

Coming soon