Researchers at the University of Basel: New Perspectives on the Ancient World


Climate change, family life, pandemics – ancient historian Sabine Huebner investigates the everyday life of people 2000 years ago and is frequently inspired by current events.

What influence did the monsoon rain have on people’s lives in antiquity? What was family life like in the 3rd century AD? How much did the first Christians differ from their pagan environment? These kind of questions related to social, economic and religious history are at the center of Sabine Huebner's scholarly work. Beyond Plato, Homer and the emperors, her research focuses on the lives of ordinary people. To create a more holistic view of the ancient world she also uses natural archives and climate data in addition to traditional sources.