Robert M. Frakes

My Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship continues to play a significant role in my life. I was at the Leopold Wenger Institute for Ancient Legal History and Papyrus Research at the University of Munich as the guest of Professor Dieter Nörr. During that time, I wrote my first book. This book helped me gain tenure and promotion, but the experience of learning German and making connections with German colleagues went far beyond that. I returned several times to Munich to work on subsequent projects as the guest of Professor Alfons Bürge and Professor Johannes Platschek. Although my current duties as dean limit my ability to undertake a long research stay, I keep in contact with my German colleagues. My wife and daughters joined me in Munich. The experiences in Germany played a special role in our lives, and I will be forever grateful for the friendships and research opportunities the fellowship made possible.

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