About Ralf-Peter Märtin
Ralf-Peter Märtin, (1951 - 2016), studied ancient history and German literature in Berlin, gaining his PhD in 1982. He writes articles for GEO, ZEIT and National Geographic on history (Caesar, Domitian, the Romans and the ancient Germans, ancient Rome. etc.), archaeology, travel and alpine history. On his travels, he has explored the boundaries of the Roman world, from Hadrian’s Wall to the Euphrates, from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco to the Limes Germanicus frontier forts.
His book on the historical figure behind Dracula, the Romanian Prince Vlad Tepes (7th edition 2008) and his cultural history of Himalayan climbing (Nanga Parbat. Wahrheit und Wahn des Alpinismus, 2002) are standard works.