Adolf Michaelis

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Adolf Michaelis (born June 22, 1835 in Kiel , † August 12, 1910 in Strasbourg ) was a German classical archaeologist .


His parents were the physician and obstetrician Gustav Adolf Michaelis (1798–1848) and his wife Julie (Juliane) Jahn (1806–1892). His grandfather was the orientalist Johann David Michaelis , his uncle the archaeologist Otto Jahn . One of his nephews was the historian Eduard Pelissier .

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Michaelis was already interested in antiquity during his high school days at the Kiel School of Academics . In 1853 he began his studies in classical philology and archeology at the University of Leipzig , continued it in Berlin in 1854/55 and then studied from 1855 to 1857 in Kiel , where he received his doctorate with a thesis on Horace .

In 1859/60 he and Alexander Conze received the first travel grant from the German Archaeological Institute with which he traveled to Greece. In 1861 he completed his habilitation in Kiel and in 1862 he became an associate professor for archeology and head of the cast collection at the University of Greifswald . From 1865 to 1872 he was a full professor of classical philology and archeology and director of the Archaeological Museum of the University of Tübingen . In 1872 he took over the chair of archeology at the newly founded University of Strasbourg . Here he was able to set up a large archaeological institute with a teaching collection, a cast collection and a library. From 1894 to 1899 he was also the interim administrator of the Egyptological collection.


Adolf Michaelis married Luise von der Launitz (1841–1869), a daughter of the sculptor Eduard Schmidt von der Launitz (1797–1869) and his wife Therese von Soiron (1803–1861). The couple had a son. After the early death of his first wife, Adolf Michaelis married Minna Trendelenburg (1842–1924), a daughter of the philosopher Friedrich Adolf Trendelenburg, in Berlin in 1874 . The couple had three sons and a daughter.


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Frédéric Colin: Comment la création d'une 'bibliothèque de papyrus' à Strasbourg compensa la perte des manuscrits précieux brûlés dans le siège de 1870. In: La revue de la BNU 2, 2010, pp. 24-47 (online) .


Web links

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