Michael Schilling, M.A.

Research associate (PhD candidate)

Office Adress
CRC 923 "Threatened Order"
Doblerstr. 21
D-72074 Tübingen
+49 7071 29-77645
michael.schillingspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

E01 – Imperial elite

Project within the CRC 923

Project E01: Ordo amplissimus. The threat to the Eastern Roman imperial elite under Emperor Justinian I.

Project E01 examines the relationship between threat diagnoses and coping practices based on the history of the Eastern Roman imperial elite during the reign of Emperor Justinian (527-565 AD). Starting from the hypothesis that the threat to the Eastern Roman imperial elite was an unintended consequence of imperial action, the first goal of the project is to more clearly identify the protagonists, scope and relevance of the threat diagnosis. Based on this, questions are then addressed about the effects of the subsequent coping practices on the hierarchy and status order. The project pays particular attention to the synchronous interdependence between the status order and the re-ordering of the monarchy that took place under Justinian.

Research interests:

  • History of Late Antiquity
  • (Functional) Elites and internal aristocratic competition in the Late Roman Empire
  • Political economy in the East Roman Empire
  • Vegetius

Curriculum vitae

Since August 2019
Research associate

at the CRC 923 "Threatened Order. Societies under Stress" (Project E01)


for the master thesis "Vegetius zwischen den Zeilen. Spätrömische Armee und Elitenkonkurrenz in der Epitoma rei militaris" by the Förderverein Geschichte an der Universität Tübingen e.V. (First place)

Freelance work

on preparing the publication of "Geschichte der Völkerwanderung. Europa, Asien und Afrika vom 3. bis zum 8. Jahrhundert n. Chr.“ (Author: Mischa Meier)

2018 to 2019
Working student

at the Kolping-Bildungswerk Württemberg in Stuttgart

2016 to 2019
M.A. degree course in history

at the University of Tübingen

2015 to 2017
Research assistant

at the CRC 923 "Threatened Order. Societies under Stress" (Project E02)

to 2015
Student assistant

at the Department for Indology and Comparative Religion of the University of Tübingen

Until 2016
B.A. degree course in history and indology

at the University of Tübingen

Conferences / Workshops

Talks & lectures

  • "The Anonymous Dialogue Περὶ πολιτικῆς ἐπιστήμης (On Political Science) and the Eastern Imperial Elite under the Reign of Justinian I (r. 527-565)", International Workshop “The Power of Anonymity in the Material, Historical, and Literary Cultures of the Ancient World”, Munich, 18 June 2021.
  • Justinian’s Reforms, the Legacy of Anastasius and the Eastern Imperial Elite in the 6th century, St Andrews – Tübingen Graduate Conference, 1. Juni 2022 in Tübingen.



  • Course: Johannes Lydos und die Welt der spätrömischen Staatsverwaltung, Summer Term 2021, University of Tübingen.