Prof. Jens Dieter Koehler
- Adjunct Faculty
- M.A., University of Munich, 1988 (M.A., Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, 1988)
- Ph.D., University of Munich, 1991 (Dr.phil., Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, 1991)
Jens Koehler studied Classical Archaeology, Ancient History, and the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East at Marburg and at Munich universities. His Ph.D. thesis “Pompai” describes the visual appearance of Greek and Roman festivals of the Hellenistic period. Since the early 1990s he has lived in Rome, where he worked several years as senior researcher for the German Archaeological Institute (DAI), preparing for example the catalogue of ancient sculptures in the Vatican Museums. He interrupted his stay in Rome for a project on Latin inscriptions from Spain (Commission for Ancient History and Epigraphy, Munich, 1992), and as a curator at an ethnographic collection (Museum Witzenhausen, 2002).
One of his main research interests is the ancient Roman thermo-mineral baths (or spa baths), a project which initially was limited to the Terme Taurine near Civitavecchia but has now extended to include an investigation of the subterranean constructions connected with the water supply at Hadrian’s Villa, Tivoli. He is member of two associations studying water (supply and engineering) in Antiquity (Frontinus Society and German Water History Society).
In spring semester 2004 he joined AUR to teach courses in archaeology, Roman history, and the art and architecture of the ancient Near East.