Carl Joachim Classen

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Carl Joachim Classen (2009)

Carl Joachim Classen (born August 15, 1928 in Hamburg ; † September 29, 2013 in Bad Homburg vor der Höhe ) was a German classical philologist .

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Carl Joachim Classen, a great-grandson of the philologist and grammar school director Johannes Classen (1805-1891), attended the Johanneum's school for scholars together with his older brother Peter Classen (1924-1980) . After graduating from high school in 1947, he studied classical philology and philosophy at the University of Hamburg , especially with Ernst Zinn and Bruno Snell . Snell also found him a job at the Birklehof boarding school , which Georg Picht had founded in Hinterzarten . There, in the summer semester of 1949, Classen supervised the boarding school students , excerpted literature for Picht's Plato archive, and was one of the few students to take part in the first meeting of German scholars after the Second World War. He later moved to the University of Göttingen , where he was supported primarily by the philologist and religious scholar Kurt Latte and the philosopher Nicolai Hartmann . Classen also spent a semester at the University of Oxford , where he received his B.Litt degree in 1956 . made. 1952 Classen at the University of Hamburg, was with the dissertation research on Plato's hunting pictures to Dr. phil. PhD.

After the first state examination, Classen taught at a grammar school. After the second state examination (1956) he was appointed assessor. In the same year he took up a position as a lecturer in Classics ( Lecturer in Classics ) at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria . After three years he returned to Germany and went to the University of Göttingen, where he completed his habilitation in Classical Philology in 1961 and was appointed university lecturer in 1963. 1964/1965 he held a chair at the University of Tübingen .

In 1966, Classen accepted a position as C4 professor for classical philology at the Technical University of Berlin . In 1969 he moved to the University of Würzburg and in 1973 (as successor to Wolf-Hartmut Friedrich ) to Göttingen, where he was active in teaching and research for twenty years. In 1984 he turned down an offer at the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster. Even after his retirement (1993) he lectured and continued his research. In spring 2011 he moved to Kronberg im Taunus .

Classen's scientific interest was in Roman rhetoric and its afterlife, especially in humanism , Greek philosophy, Roman satire, ancient historiography and the history of science. Most recently, he dealt with studies on ancient values and the rhetorical interpretation of biblical texts. In addition to his research and teaching activities, Classen also worked as a science organizer and mediator at home and abroad. Classen has received numerous scientific honors and memberships for his research. In 1987 he was elected a full member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences ; in the same year he obtained the title D. Litt while visiting Oxford . He was a member of many commissions of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences, from 1983 to 1987 first chairman of the Mommsen Society , from 1987 to 1989 President of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric and from 1997 to 2002 President of the Fédération Internationale des Associations d'Études Classiques . He worked as a visiting professor in Austin (Texas) , Ibadan, Changchun (China, at the Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations there ) and, after his retirement, in Rome and Tartu (Estonia), where he received an honorary doctorate in 2000 . He had other guest stays at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and at several colleges at the University of Oxford. He was a foreign member of the Accademia di Archeologia and a corresponding member of the Academy of Athens . From 1987 to 1989 he was President of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric . The Polish Philological Society and the Greek Philological Society Parnassos accepted him as an honorary member. He was a member of the American Philological Association from 1968 to 2009 . From October 2009 he was a member of Matica srpska .

Classen was (co-) editor of several journals and series, including the contributions to Classical Studies (1976-2010), Gnomon (1988-2006), Voces (from 1990), Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum (since 1993), Emerita (from 2002) and Studia Humaniora Tartuensia (from 2006).

Classen was married to Roswitha Rabl (* 1935), the daughter of the orthopedic surgeon Carl-Rudolf Rabl and Sabine geb. Meinecke is the granddaughter of the zoologist and anatomist Carl Rabl and the historian Friedrich Meinecke .

Fonts (selection)

  • Investigations into Plato's hunting pictures Hamburg 1951 (Hamburg, University, dissertation, 1951; revised version (= German Academy of Sciences in Berlin. Writings of the Section for Classical Studies. 25 ZDB -ID 504279-3 ). Akademie-Verlag, Berlin 1960).
  • Linguistic interpretation as the driving force behind Platonic and Socratic philosophizing (= Zetemata . H. 22). Beck, Munich 1959 (habilitation thesis).
  • The city as reflected in the Descriptiones and Laudes urbium in ancient and medieval literature up to the end of the twelfth century (= contributions to classical studies . Vol. 2). Olms, Hildesheim et al. 1980, ISBN 3-487-07060-X .
  • Law - Rhetoric - Politics. Investigations into Cicero's rhetorical strategy. Scientific Book Society, Darmstadt 1985, ISBN 3-534-02023-5 .
  • Approaches. Contribution to the understanding of early Greek philosophy (= Elementa. Vol. 39). Königshausen & Neumann et al., Würzburg et al. 1986, ISBN 90-6203-607-4 .
  • The world of the Romans. Studies on their literature, history and religion (= studies on ancient literature and history. Vol. 41). Edited by Meinolf Vielberg with the assistance of Hans Bernsdorff . de Gruyter, Berlin et al. 1993, ISBN 3-11-013840-9 .
  • On Heinrich Bebel's life and writings (= News of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen. Philological-Historical Class . 1997, No. 1, ISSN  0065-5287 ). Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, Göttingen 1997.
  • The importance of rhetoric for Melanchthon's interpretation of profane and biblical texts (= news of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen. Philological-Historical Class . 1998, No. 5). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 1998.
  • On the literature and society of the Romans. Steiner, Stuttgart 1998, ISBN 3-515-07110-5 .
  • Rhetorical Criticism of the New Testament (= Scientific research on the New Testament. Vol. 128). Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2000, ISBN 3-16-147370-1 .
  • Ancient rhetoric in the age of humanism (= contributions to antiquity. Vol. 182). Saur, Munich et al. 2003, ISBN 3-598-77734-5 .
  • Models - values ​​- norms in the Homeric epics (= contributions to antiquity. Vol. 260). de Gruyter, Berlin et al. 2008, ISBN 978-3-11-020259-5 .
  • Aretai и virtutes. О вредносним представама и идеалима код Грка и Римљана. Припремила Ксенија Марицки Гађански. Службени Гласник, Београд 2008, ISBN 978-86-7549-805-6 .
    • German edition under the title: Aretai and Virtutes. Investigations into the values ​​of the Greeks and Romans (= contributions to antiquity. Vol. 283). de Gruyter, Berlin et al. 2010, ISBN 978-3-11-024594-3 .
  • Rulers, citizens and educators. Observations on the speeches of Isocrates (= Spudasmata . Vol. 133). Olms, Hildesheim et al. 2010, ISBN 978-3-487-14347-7 .
  • Sophistics (= ways of research . Vol. 187). Scientific Book Society, Darmstadt 1976, ISBN 3-534-04316-2 .
  • with Ulrich Schindel : Wolf-Hartmut Friedrich : Duration alternating. Essays. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 1977, ISBN 3-525-25733-3 .
  • Problems of Lucretius research (= Olms studies. Vol. 18). Olms, Hildesheim et al. 1986, ISBN 3-487-07660-8 .
  • Classical antiquity at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. A lecture series on their history (= Göttinger Universitätsschriften. Series A: Schriften. Vol. 14). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 1989, ISBN 3-525-35845-8 .
  • with Heinz-Joachim Müllenbrock: The power of the word. Aspects of contemporary rhetoric research (= Ars rhetorica. Vol. 4). Hitzeroth, Marburg 1992, ISBN 3-89398-101-2 .
  • Kurt Latte : Opuscula inedita. Together with lectures and reports from a conference on the fortieth anniversary of Kurt Latte's death (= contributions to antiquity. Vol. 219). Saur, Munich et al. 2005, ISBN 3-598-77831-7 .
  • The family books of Johann Georg Krünitz . Edition by Carl Joachim Classen. Edited by Roswitha Classen. Franz Steiner, Stuttgart 2017, ISBN 978-3-515-11618-3 .


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  1. ↑ Obituary notice. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung , October 4, 2013 (accessed February 14, 2015).
  2. ^ Carl Joachim Classen: The conference of the German antiquity researchers Hinterzarten August 29 - September 2, 1949. In: Eikasmós . Vol. 4, 1993, ISSN  1121-8819 , pp. 51-59.