Hen­drik St­an­way

Short Biography

  • Born in 1993
  • 2013 – 2018: bachelor of arts in classics at Freiburg University/ Germany (focus on ancient history, classical and late antique archaeology; thesis on Maxentius and Rome around 300 AD)
  • 2016 – 2017: participation in the Erasmus exchange programme at Durham University/ Great Britain
  • 2018 – 2021: master of arts in ancient history and ancient near East studies at Innsbruck University (focus on Greece, Rome, and the history of Eurasian empires; thesis on the Persian wars as a Greek lieu de memoire during the fifth century BC)
  • Since 2021: doctorate studies within the doctorate college “Entangled Antiquities” at Innsbruck University


  • Franz Schnabel memory medal for excellent achievements in history, given for the A-level graduation
  • Awards for excellent achievements in Ancient Greek and Latin, given for the A-level graduation

Member of Staff at Universities, Conferences, Summer Schools, Lectures, and Chairs

  • July 2015 – September 2016: student member of staff at the ancient coins department at Freiburg University
  • 29th – 31st October 2015: member of staff at the conference held in honour of Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Gehrke’s 70th birthday (“Historiographie und Vergangenheitsvorstellungen in der Antike”)
  • 30th June – 2nd July 2016: member of staff at the conference “Comparing the Seleucid and Ptolemaic Empires: Local Populations and Elites” at Freiburg University
  • 21st September – 5th October 2019: participation in the sailing summer school “The Dodecanese and Eastern Cyclades from/ to Rhodes” held by Dr. Volker Grieb/ Graz University; lecture on early bronze age culture and seafaring
  • Winter semester 2019: student member of staff at Innsbruck University (working for Dr. Guido Berndt)
  • 2nd – 6th December 2019: panel chair at the conference “The World of Alexander in Perspective: Contextualizing Arrian” held by Innsbruck University
  • Summer semester 2020: student member of staff at Innsbruck University (working for Prof. Dr. Jörg Schwarz)
  • 19th September – 3rd October 2020: participation in the sailing summer school “The Aegean from West to East from Athens to Kos” held by Dr. Volker Grieb/ Graz University
  • Winter semester 2020 – summer semester 2021: student member of staff at Innsbruck University (working as student assistant for Prof. Dr. Robert Rollinger)
  • 11th September – 2nd October 2021: participation in the sailing summer school “The Peloponnese and the Sea” held by Dr. Volker Grieb/ Graz University; lecture on the reconstruction of the battle of Salamis and Herodotus’ narrative intensions
  • 21st January 2022: presentation of my dissertation concept at Innsbruck University

Scientific Interests

  • Archaic and classical Greece
  • Identity and alterity in the Greek world
  • Reconstruction of historic military events and their commemoration (lieu de memoire)

Language Skills

  • Ancient: Latin and Greek (A-level graduation, see above), Akkadian and Syrian (basic knowledge)
  • Modern: German and English (fluently), French (four years), Italian (basic knowledge)

Dissertation Project

In my master thesis I dealt with Greek memory culture. I will continue to work in this field within my dissertation and accompanied by my membership in the doctorate college “Entangled Antiquities”. After having assessed the mechanisms both of collective commemoration of historic and mythic military events and the so-called communicative and cultural memory by using the reception of the Persian wars during the fifth century BC I now want to ask which consequences should be drawn from my conclusions. Inevitably, they have to refer to overcome historic perspectives that are commonly employed to reconstruct the early fifth century BC. Thus, my conclusions need to be transferred onto terms such as freedom, liberation, slavery, and political dominance within imperial display of power in a time in which the Athenians played this very dominant role over other Greeks. Further, it has to be questioned to what extent one can actually make use of these terms when telling the story of Athens. Since the doctorate college “Entangled Antiquities” feels obligated to the study of imperial contexts I applied for membership, for I hope to gain fruitful methodological stimulation from this branch of research which may enrich my own thesis.


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