Date of birth:
Place of birth:
- Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Zagrebačka 30, 52100 Pula
- +385 99 285 7302
- full professor
- Professor – Juraj Dobrila University of Pula
- rector – Juraj Dobrila University of Pula (2009 – 2013)
Membership in Academy:
- associate member – Department of Social Sciences (05/15/2014 – …)
Robert Matijašić was born in Pula on July 26, 1957. He graduated in Archaeology (A) and English language and literature (B) from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, in 1979. From February of the same year, he worked at the Archaeological Museum of Istria in Pula.
In June 1985 he completed his postgraduate studies Cultural History of the Eastern Adriatic Coast at the Center for Postgraduate Studies of the University of Zagreb, in Dubrovnik, by defending his master’s thesis: Ageri antičkih kolonija Pola i Parentium i njihova naseljenost od I. do III. stoljeća (mentored by Duje Rendić Miočević, F.C.A.).
He received his Doctorate in January 1994 (dissertation: Economic History of Ancient Istria: Gospodarska povijest antičke Istre: arheološki izvori za poznavanje društveno gospodarskih odnosa u Istri u antici, I-III st. in the Department of Archaeology of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb; mentor prof. Marin Zaninović, Ph.D.).
In October 1991, he was appointed director of the Archaeological Museum of Istria in Pula. In March 1991, he was included in higher education teaching as an external associate, lecturer in the subject Art of the Old Ages at the Department of Fine Arts of the Faculty of Pedagogy (now the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) in Rijeka, University of Rijeka. For two terms, he served as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Pula (2002-2004 and 2004-2006).
After the establishment of the Juraj Dobrila University in Pula in December 2006, he held leading administrative posts at the university, and was elected as its rector for the period 2009-2013.
He published 8 books and a large number of scientific papers. A special value is given to the two-volume synthesis entitled Povijest hrvatskih zemalja u antici (Zagreb, 2009 and 2012.)