Alexander Demandt, born in 1937 in Marburg, studied History and Latin Philology in Tübingen, Munich and Marburg. In 1963 he obtained his Ph.D. on the subject of "Contemporary issues and historical perception of Ammianus Marcellinus". In 1964 he received a travel grant from the German Archaeological Institute. Following lectureships in Frankfurt am Main, Kiel and Constance he was promoted to professor in Constance with the paper "Magister Militum". From 1974 to 2005 he lectured as Professor for Ancient History at the Friedrich Meinecke Institute of the Free University Berlin. Alexander Demandt has published numerous monographs and was awarded the Ausonius Prize in 2003.