Prof. Dr. Gregor Weber received the Ausonius Prize at the University of Trier

Prof. Dr. dr hc multiplication Hans-Joachim Gehrke (left) and prof. dr. Defeat Näf (right) of two previous award winners at the University of Trier. Prof. Dr. Gregor Weber (fourth from left), including prof. dr. Christoph Schäfer, prof. dr. Stephan Laux, prof. dr. Michael Jaeckel, prof. dr. Frank Daubner and prof. dr. Sebastian Hoffman. Photo: University of Trier


TRIER. Two days after the birthday of prof. dr. Gregor Weber received another gift in Trier: a statuette and a diploma for the winner of the 23rd Ausonius Award, as reported by the University of Trier. According to prof. dr. Stephan Laux, Dean of Department III of the University of Trier, in his welcome speech.

The laureate of the prof. dr. Gregor Weber with the Ausonius statuette. Photo: University of Trier

The award, named after the deceased Roman teacher, poet and statesman of Ausonius, is awarded alternately by Division II to a classical philologist or by Division III to an ancient historian. After the 2020 awards ceremony had to be suspended for the first time since its launch in 1998 due to a pandemic, at least the Ausonius awards ceremony for 2021 could have been held on Monday night.

Stephan Laux emphasized the importance of this award for academia and its attractiveness to various disciplines of classical studies. The Ausonius Award helps increase consistency. Its external influence is to distinguish outstanding individual scientific achievements and make them available to the public.

Performance record of the 23rd award winner prof. dr. Gregor Weber has many facets. ‘His work repeatedly shows new paths in different ways,’ emphasizes laudator Frank Daubner, professor of ancient history at the University of Trier. One of these paths is leading to digitization. Together with prof. dr. Jürgen Malitz from the University of Eichstätt is Gregor Weber as editor of the Gnomon Bibliographic Database (GBD). With over 750,000 entries in the specialist literature on all aspects of classical studies, the GBD is “not only a useful instrument but also indispensable to ancient historians,” according to Frank Daubner.

Professor Weber proposes other study paths with a constant The search for new topics and the development of previously rarely used species as sources a. This includes the interpretation of dreams and visions in antiquity, but it is linked to the digital thread, the online scientific database “Dreams of Antiquity 2.0”.

Gregor Weber also addressed this topic in his lecture at the University of Trier: “Helmsman and the Sea. Dreams and the interpretation of dreams in antiquity. Talking about ancient shipping in Trier is like trying to bring owls to Athens, given the well-developed area of ​​ancient shipping research here and the Transmare Institute, says Weber. While dream interpretations have been omitted here so far, his explanations can be understood as extending and enriching the research in Trier.

Weber focused in his lecture on Dream images of ships, sea and shipping in the five books of Artemidorwho claimed to own and evaluate all available dream interpretation work. The purpose of the dream interpretation was to open the meaning of dreams to the dreamer’s life. The interpretation of an identical dream can be different or controversial for different groups and roles, such as seafarers, seafarers and shipowners.

In science, dealing with the interpretation of dreams in antiquity and their justification brings an increase in knowledge, for example, about ancient ship technology or terminology such as ship personnel. Frank Daubner therefore thanked the laureate for convincingly explaining in his lecture the importance of the dream interpretation genre for historical research.

The certificate was presented by prof. dr hab. Sebastian Hoffmann, Dean of Department II, Gregor Weber. The Ausonius statuette was received by prof. dr. Michael Jäckel’s hands at the reception. It was a nice occasion for the rector of the University of Trier to highlight the recently completed 6th Science Garden on the university campus. Green oases of learning and teaching are named after historical personalities associated with a region or university. The newest Science Garden is called Ausonius.

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