Adolf von Mess

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Adolf von Mess (born January 29, 1875 in Tschernigow ; † March 13, 1916 in Königslutter am Elm ) was a German classical philologist .


From 1892 Adolf von Mess studied classical philology and history at the universities of Halle and Bonn . In Bonn, he was in 1898 with a thesis Quaestiones de epigrammate Attico et tragoedia antiquiore Dialecticae doctorate and laid in 1899 the state examination. From October 14, 1899 to July 31, 1904 he worked as an assistant at the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae in Munich, then returned to Bonn as an assistant and completed his habilitation there in 1907.

In addition to his teaching activities, he worked in the editorial department of the Rheinisches Museum für Philologie magazine , for which he also wrote numerous articles.

Adolf von Mess was an associate professor at the University of Tübingen from 1909 to 1916 . At the same time as his appointment to Tübingen, he was placed first on the appointment list of the University of Graz in 1909 . Because of his decision in favor of Tübingen, the University of Graz appointed Josef Mesk , who came second .

Adolf von Mess died on March 13, 1916 in Königslutter am Elm (near Braunschweig ) at the age of 41. His successor in Tübingen was Otto Weinreich .

In his research work, Mess was particularly concerned with Greco-Roman historiography. His main work is the historical monograph Caesar: His life, his time and his politics until the establishment of his monarchy (Leipzig 1913).


  • Personal details . In: Klio: Contributions to ancient history , Volume 15 (1918), p. 215 ( online ).
  • Dietfried Krömer , Manfred Flieger (ed.): Thesaurus stories. Contributions to a Historia Thesauri linguae Latinae by Theodor Bögel (1876–1973) . Leipzig 1996. ISBN 3-8154-7101-X , p. 199

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