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9 February 2001

State Research Prize for Heidelberg Historian Prof. Dr. Angelos Chaniotis

Discovering new facets in the history of Ancient Greece

Prof. Dr. Angelos Chaniotis of the Department of Ancient History of the University of Heidelberg is among the recipients of the major State of Baden-Württemberg Research Prize 2001. The Prize is endowed with 100,000 euro and awarded for work in basic and applied research. Prof. Chaniotis shares the basic research prize with Prof. Dr. Michael Frotscher of the Institute of Anatomy at Freiburg University.

New facets

Prof. Chaniotis' work has uncovered new and hitherto unknown facets in the history of Ancient Greece. One of his main research interests is the study and interpretation of original sources, most of them brief texts such as tomb inscriptions, contracts, treaties and resolutions. Prof. Chaniotis' purview is by no means limited to the ancient world but also extends to contemporary cultural and social studies, an avenue explored by very few scholars working on the ancient civilisations. One of the aspects his investigations have cast light on is the question of why arid regions of Greece, today largely uninhabited, were able to achieve major economic significance in antiquity. Thanks to the State Research Prize Prof. Chaniotis will now be able to use the internet to make his texts and interpretations available to a broader public.

For more information on the State Research Prize go to

Please address any inquiries to:
Prof. Dr. Angelos Chaniotis
Phone: 06221/542232, fax: 542234

Dr. Michael Schwarz
Press Officer of the University of Heidelberg
phone: 06221/542310, fax: 54317

Inquiries on the Research Prize should be addressed to
Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg
Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
Phone: 0711/2793005, fax: 2793081

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