Wienand, Johannes

Professor of Ancient History and director of the coin cabinet of Brunswick

Johannes Wienand (*1978) studied history (with a focus on ancient history) and philosophy in Tübingen, Vienna and Constance. During his studies, a scholarship of the State Foundation of Baden-Württemberg led him as a visiting scholar for 12 months to the Department of Philosophy, the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and the Center for the Philosophy of Science of the University of Pittsburgh, PA. The doctoral period included research stays at the Commission for Ancient History and Epigraphy in Munich (Elise- and Annemarie Jacobi scholarship) and at the Faculty of Classics of the University of Cambridge, UK (DAAD scholarship).

In 2010, Johannes Wienand was awarded a doctorate in Constance for his work “The emperor as victor. Metamorphoses of triumphant rule under Constantine I” (original title: Der Kaiser als Sieger. Metamorphosen triumphaler Herrschaft unter Constantin I.). Besides the panegyrics of the time of Constantine the Great, the work also explores the production of coins and medallions in the Roman Empire. Among others, the work was awarded the Mommsen-Gesellschaft’s Bruno-Snell-Preis and the Walter-Hävernick-Preis for numismatics.

Johannes Wienand left Constance to work for two years (2009–2010) as research assistant for the Department of Ancient History and Epigraphy in Heidelberg (with a six-month research stay at the HU Berlin). Afterwards, he worked as an academic advisor for the Department of Ancient History of the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf until 2018.

There – in addition to the usual duties in the fields of research, lecturing and academic self-administration – he was responsible for the numismatic collections, too. In 2018, Johannes Wienand qualified as a university lecturer with his work “Politicising death. Funerals of casualties and epitaphios logos in democratic Athens” (original title: Die Politisierung des Todes. Gefallenenbestattung und Epitaphios Logos im demokratischen Athen). In order to qualify as a professor, he also did research stays at the Department of History of the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (six months) and the Historisches Kolleg in Munich (six months). Since April 2018, Johannes Wienand is professor for Ancient History in Brunswick and director of the coin cabinet of the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum.

Johannes Wienand is ordinary member of the German Archaeological Institute, member of the scientific advisory board of the Commission for Ancient History and Epigraphy, board member of the Mommsen-Gesellschaft and board member of the German Protestant Institute of Archaeology in the Holy Land (GPIA). Johannes Wienand is founder and spokesperson of the Network of German University Coin Collections (NUMiD).

You can contact Johannes Wienand via e-mail.

For more information about Johannes Wienand and his projects, visit the website of his faculty.

You can find his complete CV and a publication list at

Moreover, he has his own Wikipedia entry (in German).

You may find his doctoral thesis on the website of the publishing house De Gruyter.

If you are interested in his work, you should definitely visit the virtual coin cabinet of the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum.

In 2018, we published a German article about the website of the virtual coin cabinet.

And here you can visit the website of NUMiD collections.