Prof. Dr. Irmgard Männlein-Robert



Philologisches Seminar

Wilhelmstraße 36

72074 Tübingen


Phone: +49 7071 / 29-72368

Email: irmgard.maennlein-robert[at]


Room: 10

Office hours (during lecture period): Tuesday, 12-13

Curriculum vitae

Academic career

since 2016Head of the Department of Classics
since 2016Full Member of the Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften
since 2015Member of the Advisory Board of the ‘Wiener Studien’
since 2013Member of the Advisory Board of the Society for Ancient Philosophy (Gesellschaft für Antike Philosophie e. V., GAnPh)
since 2013

Member of SFB 1070: ResourceCultures: Socio-cultural Dynamics in the Treatment of Resources

Head/PI of project C02: Hesiodus and Aratus: Metaphors and Myths of Resources and Their Poetic (Re-)construction

since 2011

Member of SFB 923: Threatened Orders

Head/PI of projects B01: Earthquakes as Threats to Social Order, D01, and G01: Platonism and Christianity in Late Antiquity (focusing on Porphyry)

since 2006

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen:

Full professor (chair) of Greek Philology


Julius Maximilians Universität Würzburg:

Research assistant at the Department of Classics (Greek Philology)



Julius Maximilians Universität Würzburg:

Habilitation and venia legendi in Classics (Habilitation thesis: Stimme, Schrift und Bild. Zum Verhältnis der Künste in der hellenistischen Dichtung, Heidelberg: Winter, 2007)


Julius Maximilians Universität Würzburg:

Dr. phil. in Classics (PhD thesis: Longin. Philologe und Philosoph. Eine Interpretation der erhaltenen Zeugnisse, München/Leipzig: Saur, 2001)


Julius Maximilians Universität Würzburg / University College (London, UK) / Royal Holloway College (Egham/Surrey, UK):

 Studies of Greek, Latin, and German language and literature

Teaching and research abroad

2017Visiting Professor at the Università degli Studi di Salerno
2016Visiting Professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
2016Short Term Visiting Scholar at the University of Zurich (at the Department of Greek and Latin)
2013Visiting Professor at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
2003Visiting Scholar at the University of Cincinnati (Ohio, USA)

2002 and 2003

Visiting Scholar at the Fondation Hardt (Vandœuvres/Geneva, CH)

Awards and scholarships

2016Short Term Visiting Scholarship at the University of Zurich (Schweizerischer Nationalfonds)
2006Post-Habilitation Scholarship for female researchers (project on poetics of ancient self-epitaphs)
2003Margo Tytus Visiting Scholar at the University of Cincinnati (Ohio, USA)
2002 and 2003Visiting Scholar at the Fondation Hardt (Vandœuvres/Geneva, CH)
2001Preis der Unterfränkischen Gedenkjahrstiftung für Wissenschaft, Würzburg (for the PhD Thesis)
1997−2000Postgraduate scholarship (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)
1993−1996Undergraduate scholarship (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)


You can find my current publication list here as pdf-document.


Research projects

Academic interests

  • Plato

  • Platonism in the Imperial Age and Late Antiquity (focusing on philosophical as well as literary aspects)

  • Hellenistic Poetry

  • Ancient poetics and literary criticism

  • Interaction between visual and textual media

  • Ancient religion

Current research projects

Periodical conferences on Plato and Platonism: “Tübinger Platon-Tage”

The “Tübinger Platon-Tage”, newly founded in 2008, are intended to bring the long tradition of research on Plato in Tübingen to the attention of specialists at home and abroad and to stimulate it with new impulses from modern research.


The interdisciplinary and international “Tübinger Platon-Tage” are held every two years. The topics of the conferences focus, above all, on central themes of Plato's Dialogues, but also on the reception of Platonist philosophy in the Imperial Age, Late Antiquity, and the Renaissance.


Both well-known specialists and younger researchers from Germany and abroad are invited. In addition, PhD students and post docs from Tübingen are given the opportunity to present their results on Plato and Platonism to a wider audience. A special “student lecture” was introduced in 2010: Here, a student of Classics or Ancient Philosophy gets the opportunity to give a paper for the first time before an audience of specialists.


The students of the University of Tübingen are expressly invited to participate in all lectures and discussions!


Subjects of past and upcoming conferences

  • 2020: Platon und die Zeit


Association Memberships

  • Academia Platonica Septima Monasteriensis
  • American Philological Society
  • Deutscher Altphilologenverband
  • Deutscher Hochschulverband
  • Forum Spätantike / Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Spätantike-Forschungen, Tübingen
  • Gesellschaft für Antike Philosophie (GAnPh)
  • Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften
  • International Plato Society (IPS)
  • Mommsen-Gesellschaft
  • Zentrum Vormodernes Europa, Tübingen (ZVE)
  • Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Medienforschung, Tübingen (ZiM)



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