Olivier Hekster

Titels Prof. dr.
Initials O.J.
Main position Hoogleraar RU
Disciplines History
Chair Oude Geschiedenis
Domain Humanities
Membership Member
Since 2020
Member of Humanities
Employed by Radboud Univeristeit, Faculteit der Letteren
Departement Geschiedenis, Kunstgeschiedenis en Oudheid
Postbus 9103
6500 HD Nijmegen
tel.  024 361 2289
Personal website

Olivier Hekster has pioneered research into the representation of Roman emperors and perceptions of their power in first three centuries of the Modern Era. His work has pointed the field in a new direction in terms of both content and methodology. Hekster treats statues, inscriptions, coins, reliefs and historical texts as mass media. His research shows how the Roman emperors worked through a long, complex and experimental process to create an image of themselves in which they conveyed a specific message to select target groups. Hekster’s methods and insights are not only relevant to Classical Antiquity but also to the study of other ancient civilisations and the modern world.