Albrecht Dieterich

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Albrecht Dieterich

Albrecht Dieterich (born May 2, 1866 in Hersfeld , † May 6, 1908 in Heidelberg ) was a German classical philologist and religious scholar .


Albrecht Dieterich family grave complex in the Bergfriedhof (Heidelberg) in Department Y

Albrecht Dieterich was the son of the grammar school teacher Albrecht Dieterich and Henriette geb. Münscher (daughter of the grammar school director Friedrich Münscher ). After attending the local high school, he studied classical philology at the universities of Leipzig and Bonn , where he closely followed Hermann Usener . Under his influence he turned to the ancient religion and received his doctorate in 1888 with a thesis on the Leiden magic papyrus. Three years later he completed his habilitation in Marburg with a thesis on the Orphic Hymns . In the next few years he specialized in popular belief and made trips to Greece and Italy. In 1895 he was appointed associate professor in Marburg, and in 1897 he was appointed to a chair for classical philology as successor to Eduard Schwartz in Gießen .

In the following years Dieterich devoted himself equally to folklore and classical philology. In 1899 he married Maria Usener, the daughter of his teacher Hermann Usener. He moved with her to Heidelberg in 1903 , from where he had received a call to full professor. He turned down a call to the University of Halle (1907). After his death, his colleague Richard Wünsch published his small writings with a biography and portrait in 1911 . The grave in the Heidelberg mountain cemetery is a towering pillar made of white marble. On the stele there is a representation of Pallas Athene , as can be found on the grave of the politician Gustav Radbruch , not far from Dieterich's grave. His wife Marie (née Ussener, a niece of the philosopher Wilhelm Dilthey ) and other family members rest next to him .

His students included the philologists Ludwig Deubner , Friedrich Pfister and Otto Weinreich , the historian Wilhelm Weber and the folklorist Eugen Fehrle .

Fonts (selection)

  • Prolegomena ad papyrum magicam Musei Lugdunensis Batavi . Leipzig 1888 (dissertation)
  • Abraxas. Studies on the religious history of later antiquity . Leipzig 1891. Reprint Aalen 1973
  • Nekyia. Contributions to the explanation of the newly discovered apocalypse of Peter . Leipzig 1893. 2nd edition 1913. Reprint Stuttgart 1969
  • The funerary inscription of Aberkios . Leipzig 1896
  • Pulcinella, Pompeian murals and Roman satyrs . Leipzig 1897. Reprinted in Aalen 1982
  • About the nature and aims of folklore . Leipzig 1902
  • A Mithras liturgy . Leipzig 1903. 2nd edition 1910. 3rd edition 1923. Reprints Darmstadt and Stuttgart 1966
  • Mother Earth. An experiment on popular religion . Leipzig 1905. 2nd edition 1913. 3rd, expanded edition 1925. Reprint Stuttgart 1973
  • Small fonts . Leipzig 1911


Web links

Wikisource: Albrecht Dieterich  - Sources and full texts

Individual evidence

  1. ^ L. Ruuskanen: The Heidelberg Bergfriedhof through the ages , Verlag Regionalkultur, 2008