Dr. Elisabeth Begemann


Junior Fellow / Event Management and Publications Officer "Religion in the Roman Empire" (RRE) / Project-Coordinator IGS "Resonant Self-World Relations in Ancient and Modern Socio-Religious Practices" (Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies)


Max-Weber-Kolleg (Steinplatz 2) / room 716 (6. OG)

+49 361 737-2809

Office hours

by email appointment

Visiting address

Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien
Steinplatz 2
99085 Erfurt

Mailing address

Erfurt University
Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies
Postfach 90 02 21
99105 Erfurt

Dr. Elisabeth Begemann

Curriculum Vitae

Research Portrait (EN)


Research focus (DE)

  • Religiöse Argumentation in der späten römischen Republik
  • Religion und Philosophie des Hellenismus und in der Spätantike
  • Antikerezeption und Wissenschaft um 1900
  • Antike Religion im Film


Selected Publications

  • “Determinism, Fate, and Responsibility.” In The Cambridge Companion to Cicero's Philosophy, edited by Jed. W. Atkins, Thomas Benatouil. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2022. 134–149.
  • Rituals and Habitus in the Ancient World, Arys 18 (2020). Special Issue, edited by Elisabeth Begemann, Anna-Katharina Rieger, Jörg Rüpke, Wolfgang Spickermann, Katharina Waldner.
  • "Rituals and Habitus in the Ancient World: An Introduction", in Arys 18 (2020), 13–17.
  • Between Fate and Freedom: Ancient Positions on the Power of Gods, Humans and an Abstract Fate, Mythos 10 (2017), guest editor.
  • “Introduction”, Mythos 10 (2017), 9–13.
  • Ex Faucibus Fata – Fate and Destiny in the Ciceronian Oeuvre”, Mythos 10 (2017), 107–124.
  • “Damaged Go(o)ds. The Reception of Cicero’s Theological Triad in Germany 1850–1931 under the Influence of Quellenforschung.” In Companion to the Reception of Cicero, edited by William H.F. Altman. Leiden: Brill 2015.
  • Ista tua pulchra libertas. The Construction of a Private Cult of Liberty on the Palatine.” In Public and Private in Ancient Law and Religion, edited by Clifford Ando, Christopher Faraone, and Jörg Rüpke. Berlin: de Gruyter 2015. 75–98.
  • Art. “Philosophy.” In Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, edited by Eric M. Orlin. London: Taylor & Francis 2015.
  • Art. “Fate.” Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, edited by Eric M. Orlin. London: Taylor & Francis 2015.
  • “Cicero’s Theology and the Concept of Fate”, Archiv für Religionsgeschichte 15 (2014), 225–246.
  • Schicksal als Argument. Ciceros Rede vom Schicksal in der Späten Republik. PawB 37. Stuttgart: Steiner 2012.
  • Review "G. MANUWALD (ed.), The Afterlife of Cicero (Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies Supplement 135). London: Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, 2016. Pp. ix 218, illus. ISBN 9781905670642. £65.00”, Journal of Roman Studies, 1-2 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1017/S0075435819000339.
  • “E. Begemann reviewing C. B. Champion, The Peace of the Gods: Elite Religious Practices in the Middle Roman Republic (88–90)«, The Ancient History Bulletin Online, vol. 7 (2017).
  • »Rez. Ilinca Tanaseanu-Döbler, Konversion zur Philosophie in der Spätantike«, ZfR 10/2 (2011); 252–253.

Published Translations

  • STERBENC-ERKER, DARJA: »Women’s Tears in Ancient Roman Ritual«, in FÖGEN, THORSTEN (ed.): Tears in the Graeco-Roman World. Berlin; New York: de Gruyter 2009, 135-159.
  • WALDNER, KATHARINA: »Visions, Prophecy and Authority in the Passio Perpetuae«, in BREMMER, JAN; FORMISANO, MARCO (eds.), Perpetua’s Passions. Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2012, 201-219.
  • RÜPKE, JÖRG: » Dealing with the Future: Divination by Calendars«, in id., Rationalization and Religious Change in Republican Rome. London: Tauris (forthcoming).
  • RAMAGE, NANCY; RAMAGE, ANDREW: Das Alte Rom. Darmstadt: WBG 2012.
  • GARLAND, ROBERT: Hannibal, das gescheiterte Genie. Darmstadt: WBG 2012.