Dieter Harlfinger

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Dieter Harlfinger (born March 13, 1940 in Krakow ) is a German classical philologist .


Harlfinger studied Classical Philology at the Free University of Berlin . Early on he specialized in codicology and palaeography . In 1970 he received his doctorate with Paul Moraux with the dissertation The text history of the pseudo-Aristotelian script peri atomōn grammōn . He then worked as a lecturer in philology at the Free University. In 1976 he completed his habilitation there and was given a professorship in 1979. In 1986 he was appointed head of the Aristotle archive. In 1990 he moved to the University of Hamburg as a full professor , where he was retired in 2005.

On May 12, 2011 Dieter Harlfinger received an honorary doctorate from the Department of Philology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki .

Since 2012 he has been the project manager of the long-term editorial company Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca et Byzantina (CAGB) at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences .

Harlfinger is considered one of the greatest specialists in Greek codicology. In 1993 the commemorative publication Symbolae Berolinenses was published .

Fonts (selection)

  • The text history of the pseudo-Aristotelian script Περὶ ἀτόμων γραμμῶν. A codicological-cultural-historical contribution to the clarification of the traditional relationships in the Corpus Aristotelicum . Amsterdam 1971 (extended version of the dissertation).
  • with Johanna Harlfinger: watermarks from Greek manuscripts . 2 deliveries, Berlin 1974–1980.
  • Specimina of Greek copyists of the Renaissance. Volume 1: Greeks of the 15th Century . Berlin 1974.
  • with Ernst Gamillscheg : Repertory of the Greek copyists 800–1600 . 3 parts, Vienna 1981–1997.
    • Part One: Manuscripts from Libraries in Great Britain. A. List of Copyists . Vienna 1981, ISBN 3-7001-0412-X .
    • Second part: manuscripts from libraries in France and supplements to the libraries in Great Britain. A. List of Copyists . Vienna 1989, ISBN 3-7001-1557-1 .
    • Third part: manuscripts from libraries in Rome with the Vatican. A. List of Copyists . Vienna 1997, ISBN 3-7001-2632-8 .
  • Specimina Sinaitica. The dated Greek manuscripts of the Katharinen monastery on Mount Sinai, 9th – 12th centuries. Century . Berlin 1983, ISBN 3-496-00743-5 .
  • Greek codicology and text transmission . Darmstadt 1980, ISBN 3-534-05682-5 .
  • Philophronēma. Festschrift for Martin Safe on his 75th birthday. From text criticism to research on humanism . Paderborn u. a. 1990, ISBN 3-506-79054-4 .
  • Rinascimento virtuale - digital palimpsest research - rediscovering written records of a hidden European cultural heritage. Perspectives of the network in the accession countries of Central and Eastern Europe and in neighboring countries . Bratislava 2002.


  • Kürschner's Deutscher Schehrtenkalender , Volume 1 (2003), p. 1152.

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