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Christ, Karl

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Author(s): Leppin, Hartmut
German ancient historian. Born Ulm 6. 4. 1923, died Marburg 28. 3. 2008. 1948–1954, after war service and captivity, studied history and classics at Zurich and Tübingen, especially with Ernst Meyer and Joseph Vogt; doctorate 1953 in Tübingen on Drusus the Elder. Worked at Kommission für Alte Geschichte in Munich; from 1958 assistant to Fritz Taeger at Univ. of Marburg; 1959 habil. there. [3]. 1959 priv.-doz., 1965–1988 prof. ord. of ancient history there. Work and influence At first, C. focused on the conflicts between the Romans and the Germans [2] and on numismatics […

Burckhardt, Jacob

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Author(s): Leppin, Hartmut
Swiss art historian and ancient historian. Born Basel 25. 5. 1818, died there 8. 8. 1897. Studied especially theology from 1837 at Univ. of Basel, then philology at Berlin from 1839. 1843 doctorate at Basel in absentia. 1844 postdoctoral habil. 1845 prof. ext. Basel. 1855–1858 prof. of art history at Eidgenössisches Polytechnikum Zürich, 1858–1893 prof. of history and art history at Univ. of Basel. Scholarly background B. was born into an august Basel family. His father, of the same name, was antistes of the Münsterkirche and hence the head of the church in Ba…

Seeck, Otto

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Author(s): Leppin, Hartmut
Baltic German ancient historian. Born Riga 2. 2. 1850, died Münster 29. 6. 1921. After briefly studying natural sciences at Dorpat, and under the influence of reading Theodor Mommsen’s Römische Geschichte, changed to study history at Univ. of Berlin. Doctorate there 1872 [1]; and habil. 1878, for an edition of the works of Symmachus [3]. 1881 appointed to Greifswald (also thanks to Mommsen’s patronage). Taught only Roman history there until 1883 (departure of Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff); thereafter also Greek history. Moved to Münster 1907. Work and influence Contrary to t…

Ensslin, Wilhelm

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Author(s): Leppin, Hartmut
German ancient historian. Born Aalen 9. 12. 1885, died Kirchheim 8. 1. 1965. Studied history and classical philology at Tübingen, Berlin, Munich and Strasbourg, his teachers including Eduard Meyer, Ernst Kornemann and Karl Johannes Neumann, who supervised his doctorate, which he took in 1911 at Strasbourg with a thesis on the legislation and Imperial administration of the Emperor Julian. He thereafter taught in a Gymnasium. After war service and ¶ his return from captivity in France, he was an assistant master at the Gymnasium Philippinum in Marburg. Habil. 1923 at Marburg Univ…