(born April 5
, North Rhine-Westphalia
) is a German
classical scholar and current professor of Ancient history
at the Department of Classics (Institut für Klassische Altertumskunde) of the University of Kiel
. He is an internationally renowned expert on the history of pre-Islamic Persia
and the forms of contact between the Greek and Roman World and the Ancient Near East. His most famous publication is Ancient Persia, 550 BC to 650 AD
(London - New York 2001).