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Franz Joseph Dölger-Institut
zur Erforschung der Spätantike


Das Dölger-Institut
der Universität Bonn
Arbeitsstelle der Nordrhein-Westfälischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste

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The F. J. Doelger-Institut carries out interdisciplinary research into different aspects of both confrontation and interaction between Christians, Jews and "pagans" in antiquity and into the complex processes that mark the transformation of late antique culture until the seventh century.

Our interdisciplinary team of scholars prepares for publication the entries of the  Reallexikon für Antike und Christentum (RAC), the only comprehensive encyclopaedia worldwide covering all the major aspects of the transformation of late antique culture. For several decades the RAC has been successful in bringing the results of international research in various branches of the humanities to the attention of both scholars and all those who are interested in the foundations of European culture.

The RAC is supplemented by the  Jahrbuch für Antike und Christentum (JbAC), an annual that analyses the interrelation between antiquity and Christianity by publishing contributions from all the disciplines involved in the study of late antiquity (e.g. Patristic Studies, Christian Archaeology, Liturgical Studies, Classics, Ancient History, Jewish Studies and Religious Studies) and by devoting in-depth reviews to the most recent publications in the field. Monographs and collections of essays that are relevant for the study of late antiqutiy are published in two separate series, i.e.  Ergänzungsbände zum Jahrbuch für Antike und Christentum and  Theophaneia.

In addition to these publishing activites, the F.J.Doelger-Institut organises series of lectures for a larger public that are devoted to the presentation and discussion of topics from the various disciplines studying late antiquity. Visiting scholars from abroad, who want to work at our institute and use our research library for a shorter or longer period of time, are always welcome.

This site provides additional information for users and authors of the RAC, e.g. a new list of keywords in English and German  englisch-deutsches Stichwort-Verzeichnis, a database of abbreviations used in the RAC  Datenbank der im RAC verwendeten Abkürzungen, and an annotated list of internet sites dealing with late antiquity  Internet-Adressen zur Spätantike.

 Katalog des Franz Joseph Dölger-Instituts

 News & Termine:


XVII Conference on Patristic Studies (Oxford)

Sacra privata. From pagan religiosity to early Christian domestic cult (Wien)

Imperial presence in Late Antique Rome (3rd-6th cent. AD) (Frankfurt am Main)

Jahrestagung des AK Patristik: „Die Stadt als Lebenskontext im antiken Christentum“ (Mainz)
Soeben erschienen: RAC Lief. 208

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