Centre for Advanced Study

at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

Jörg Rüpke

Title Professor
Academic Institution University of Erfurt
Academic department Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies
Country Germany
Disciplines Religious studies; History of religion
Area(s) of Expertise Roman religion; urban religion; historiography of religion

About fellow

Jörg Rüpke, 1962, Fellow for Religious Studies at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies of the University of Erfurt, Germany. Studied at the universities of Bonn, Lancaster (GB) and Tübingen from 1981 onwards. 1994-5 University of Constance; 1995-9 Professor for Classical Philology (Latin) at the University of Potsdam. 1999-2015 Chair of Comparative Religion at the University of Erfurt; 2004-7 Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy; 2008 interim president of the university. 2000-8 Coördinator of the Research Program „Roman Imperial and Provincial Religion“ and from 2008 onwards Co-director of the Research Group “Religious Individualization in Historical Perspective”; 2012-17 director of the ERC Advanced Grant “Lived Ancient Religion”. Since 2013 he is Vice-director of the Max Weber Centre. Books include: Domi militiae 1990; (ed.) Rituals in Ink 2004; (ed. with C. Ando) Religion and Law 2006; (ed.) A Companion to Roman Religion 2007 (end ed. 2009); The Religions of the Romans 2007; Fasti sacerdotum 2008; The Roman Calendar form Numa to Constantine: Time, History, and the Fasti 2011; Von Jupiter zu Christus 2011; Religion in Republican Rome: Rationalization and Ritual Change 2012; Religiöse Erinnerungskulturen 2012; (ed.) Reflections on Religious Individuality 2013; Ancients and Moderns: Religion 2013; Tra Giove e Cristo: trasformazioni religiose nell’impero romano 2013; (ed.), A Companion to the Archaeology of Religion in the Ancient World, 2015; Superstitión o individualidad, 2016; Pantheon 2016; On Roman Religion 2016.

CAS Project


  • Spent a wonderful and productive time at CAS and Michael Stausberg's and James T. Lewis' The demise of religion group. Thanks to all of you for comments as well as company. The staff was marvellous, everything was well prepared on arrival - everybody always helpful. I'll miss the short, but intensive talks over lunch.