Biography

Born on May 31, 1946 in Luxembourg

  • PhD from the University of Strasbourg (1972)
  • Agrégation de grammaire (1973)
  • Member of the École française de Rome (1974-1977)
  • Director of the excavations at La Magliana (1975-1988 ; 1997-1998)
  • Assistant lecturer of Roman History at the University of Lille III (1977-1983)
  • Director of Studies at the Religious Sciences section (“Religions of Rome”) of the École pratique des hautes études (1983-2001)
  • Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (fall terms 1985 and 1993)
  • Member of the French Advisory Commission for Archaeological Research Abroad (1984-1992)
  • Corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute (1991)
  • State doctorate from University of Strasbourg (1987)
  • Member of the board of the Religious Sciences section of the École pratique des hautes études (1987-1990)
  • Foreign expert in the Schwerpunktsprogramm of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft on “Kelten, Germanen, Römer im Mittelgebirgsraum zwischen Luxemburg und Thüringen” (1993-1999) and on “Römische Reichsreligion” (2002-2007)
  • Associate Professor at Sapienza University, Rome (2000)
  • Co-director of the archaeological excavations in Jebel Oust, Tunisia (2000-2016)
  • Visiting fellow, Brasenose College, Oxford (2001)
  • Professor at the Collège de France, Chair in Religion, Institutions and Society in Ancient Rome (2001-2016)
  • Professor responsible for international relations at the Collège de France (2006-2015)
  • Elected member of the Academia Europaea (2006)
  • Doctor honoris causa of the University of Erfurt (2006)
  • Coordinator of the experimental excavation of a necropolis in Classe, Italy (2006-2008)
  • Member of Luxembourg’s Superior Committee for Research and Innovation (2008-2014)
  • Corresponding member of the Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres (2009)
  • Member of the Epigraphischer Beirat du Zentrum Grundlagenforschung Alte Welt of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin (2009)
  • Member of the French Advisory Commission for Archaeological Research Abroad (2010-2016), Chair of the sub-committee Europe-Maghreb (2011-2016)
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the École normale supérieure, rue d’Ulm, Paris (2011-2014)
  • Corresponding fellow of the British Academy (2012)
  • Doctor honoris causa of the University of Chicago (2013)
  • Member of the French National Society of Antiquaries (2014)
  • Foreign member of the Istituto Lombardo (Scienze storiche e filosofiche, 2014)
  • Honorary member of the Grand Ducal Institute, Luxembourg (History, 2014)
  • Corresponding member of the Grand Ducal Institute, Luxembourg (Philosophy, law and political sciences, 2016)
  • Vice-president of the Association Internationale d'épigraphie grecque et latine (2002-2007)
  • Coordinator of the project “Fana Templa Delubra. Corpus of the cult places in ancient Italy”
  • Saintour Prize of the Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres, Paris (2000)
  • Emile Girardeau Prize of the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques, Paris (2015)
  • Co-director of the Revue de l'histoire des religions (2001-)
  • Member of the editorial board of the Archiv für Religionsgeschichte (Teubner, Stuttgart-Leipzig), the Potsdamer Althistorische Beiträge, of Historia, of the Archivo Espanol de Arqueología, of Millenium, and of the Rivista Storica Italiana