Emil von Ottenthal

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Emil von Ottenthal

Emil von Ottenthal (born June 15, 1855 in Sand in Taufers , † February 5, 1931 in Vienna ) was an Austrian historian and diplomat .

The son of a doctor from an ennobled family of civil servants in 1667 studied history with Julius von Ficker in Innsbruck and historical auxiliary sciences at the Institute for Austrian Historical Research in Vienna with Theodor von Sickel (1875–1877). After receiving his doctorate in Innsbruck in 1878, Ottenthal did research stays in Berlin, Friuli and Venice. His first scientific publications were about the history of South Tyrol . In 1880 he completed his habilitation in history in Innsbruck with a thesis on the Friulian parliament. He then worked together with Karl Uhlirz on the documents of Heinrich I and the Ottonians for the Monumenta Germaniae Historica . To this end, he stayed at the Austrian Historical Institute in Rome in 1882/83 . Together with Oswald Redlich , between 1888 and 1912, he published around 8,000 documents in four volumes of archive reports from Tyrol . The publications are considered pioneering work.

In 1889 Ottenthal was given an extraordinary professorship for history in Innsbruck, and from 1893 a full professorship as Ficker's successor. After Engelbert Mühlbacher's death , he went to the University of Vienna in 1904 , where he taught until his retirement in 1926. From 1903 to 1926 Ottenthal also headed the Institute for Austrian Historical Research. In 1904 he also took over the management of the newly established III. Diplomata department of the Monumenta Germaniae Historica (MGH). He held this until 1926. From 1911 to 1913 he was chairman of the Association of Historians . With Hans Hirsch he worked on the issue of Lothar III's documents . (Published in 1927) and the older Staufer . From 1904 to 1926 Ottenthal was a member of the central management of the MGH. In addition, from 1904 to 1929 he was responsible for the revision of the Regesta Imperii and from 1904 to 1931 head of the Commission for Modern History of Austria. Ottenthal was a member of the Academy of Sciences in Vienna, Munich and Budapest.

His honorary grave is on the Döblinger Friedhof (group 2, row 4, number 3). In 1932, Emil-Ottenthal-Gasse in Vienna- Favoriten (10th district) was named after him.

Fonts (selection)

  • Johann Friedrich Böhmer , reworked by Emil von Ottenthal. With additions by Hans Heinrich Kaminsky : Regesta Imperii II, 1. The Regesta of the Empire under Heinrich I and Otto I. Hildesheim 1967.
  • with Hans Hirsch: The documents of Lothar III. and the Empress Richenza. 2nd edition (photomechanical reprint), Berlin 1957.
  • The regests of the empire under the rulers of the Saxon house 919-1024. Innsbruck 1893.
  • The fake Magdeburg diplomas and Melchior Goldast. Vienna 1919.
  • The KK Institute for Austrian Historical Research 1854–1904. Vienna 1904.
  • Regulae cancellariae apostolicae. The papal chancellery rules of John XXII. to Nikolaus V. Innsbruck 1888, reprint: Aalen 1968.


Web links


  1. ^ Emil von Ottenthal: The oldest account books of the gentlemen of Schlandersberg . Vienna 1881.
  2. See Hannes Obermair: Ottenthal-Redlich's “Archive Reports from Tyrol” - an unfinished project? In: Landesdenkmalamt Bozen (Ed.): Preservation of monuments in South Tyrol / Tutela dei beni culturali in Alto Adige 1989/90. Bozen 1995, pp. 333-359.