Altay Coskun

Associate Professor


Ph.D., University of Trier, FB III
MA, University of Trier, FB III
BA, University of Trier, FB III

(519) 888-4567 x 38903
ML 228

Altay Coskun

Research Interests

Roman Foreign Policy; Provincial Administration; Political Constitution, Legislation and Juridical Practice. Hellenistic Kingdoms, Seleucid Empire, Hellenistic and Roman Galatia in Asia Minor. Athenian Democracy and Citizenship Policy. Classical Historiography, Cicero, Theodosian Code, Late Roman Panegyrics and Early Christian Latin Poetry, Greek Epigraphy of Roman Asia Minor. Citizenship, Foreigners’ Rights and Intercultural Naming Practices in the Greco-Roman and Ancient Celtic Worlds. Divine Cults for Hellenistic Kings and Roman Emperors, and Their Impact on Christianity.

Current Research

While I have taught subjects from Classical Greece to Late Antiquity, my research initially concentrated on Late Antiquity, where I dealt with imperial administration & legislation, prosopography, education, poetry, and religious conflicts. In 2002, my interests moved backwards to the (Late) Roman Republic (2nd-1st centuries BC) as well as to Hellenistic and Early Roman Asia Minor, especially to Ancient Galatia, which is located around modern Turkey’s capital Ankara. I have initiated various collaborative and interdisciplinary research agendas, and am currently involved in international cooperation on the Seleucid Empire (see the Seleucid Study Group Website), Greco-Roman Asia Minor, Interconnectivity in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, and the History of Citizenship (Project Fremd und Rechtlos?).

I am generally interested in constitutional and legal matters, interstate and intercultural relations, the status of migrants and foreigners, as well as intercultural contacts. To learn about these matters, I draw on a variety of sources and methods, but I am trained best in analyzing literary and legal sources, and to systematically elicit historical information out of names of persons and places which have been transmitted in Greek and Latin inscriptions.

Academic Biography

My academic patria is the University of Trier in Western Germany, where I studied History and Classics in the 1990s and worked as a research fellow and lecturer in Classics and Ancient History until 2008. I continue to be a member of the Trier-based Collaborate Research Centre 600 (SFB 600) ‘Strangers and Poor People. Modes of Inclusion and Exclusion from Antiquity to the Present Day’. Thanks to the German Academic Exchange Service, I enjoyed a productive postdoctoral fellowship at Wolfson College, Oxford from 2000 to 2002. The Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation enabled me to pursue research on my ‘ancestors’, the Galatians in central Asia Minor, in the Department of Classics & Ancient History at the University of Exeter in the first half of 2009 and in the summer of 2011 (I continue to be a Honorary University Fellow).​

I joined the Department of Classical Studies in summer 2009, and I am now putting all my efforts in contributing to the teaching programs of the department, and to share my enthusiasm for the ancient world, but also for new discoveries in general, with my students, the most gifted of whom I am including into my international research agendas. I am particularly committed to the international character of Classical Studies, which encourages the learning of ancient and modern languages alike, the continuous exchange of views beyond the national boundaries, and the mobility to study abroad for some time.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Publications and Work in Progress (PDF)

University of Waterloo

Profiles by type