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Homines novi

Literary self-configurations from Cicero and Paul to Augustine


The AUFF project-development aims at a profiling of ancient Greek and Latin writers who create new types of ‘individuals’ by molding new types of authorship.

Especially in the period of time where ‘Christianity’ comes on the stage, it is argued that various writers shape themselves as “homines novi”, not only in a socio-political but also in an anthropological sense (s. Paul).

By means of literary self-configuration they try to appear as “new men”.


In close cooperation with Prof. Therese Fuhrer (München), two international workshops/conferences will be organized where students and Ph.D.-students are also welcome.
The conferences/workshops bring together scholars from Classics, Judaistics, New Testament Studies, Patristics, History and Literary Theory. 

At these occations the above mentioned heuristics are applied and worked out. 

Building an interdisciplinary network

The AUFF project-development builds up an interdisciplinary network of research in ancient authorship that continues beyond the AUFF project duration (2 years).

The research project is part of the research programme Christianity and Theology in Culture and Society at the School of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University.


Project director


1.12.2013 - 30.11.2015: Aarhus University Research Foundation (AUFF).