Ernst A. Schmidt

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Ernst August Schmidt (born September 26, 1937 in Pielburg , Pomerania) is a German classical philologist .


Ernst A. Schmidt is the son of the evangelical pastor Joachim Schmidt and his wife Gertrud, nee Allwohn. After the Second World War, his family fled to Büdingen in 1946 , where Schmidt attended the secondary school from 1947 to 1957. After completing his military service, he began studying classical philology at the universities of Tübingen , Munich and Heidelberg in 1958 . After the state examination in 1963, he received his doctorate in 1964 with a commentary on the pseudo-Aristotelian work On Virtue .

From 1964 to 1969 Schmidt was a research assistant at the Department of Classical Philology in Heidelberg. In the academic year 1966/1967 he was a fellow of the British Council in Cambridge . In 1969 he achieved Poetic Reflection with the font . Vergils Bukolik completed his habilitation in Heidelberg and was appointed university lecturer in 1970. From 1970 to 1971 he represented Franz Dirlmeier at the Heidelberg Chair in Graecistics , and then went to Pittsburgh as an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow until 1972 . After his return he was appointed adjunct professor in 1973. From 1975 to 1998 he was the main editor in charge of the magazine Antike und Abendland , then co-editor.

After a visiting professorship in Vienna (1977/1978), he turned down a call from this university to full professor and instead accepted the call from the University of Tübingen (as the successor to his academic teacher Ernst Zinn ). From 1979 on he was professor of classical philology here. In 1982 he became a full member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences , from 1987 to 1989 he was first chairman of the Mommsen Society , and from 1989 to 1990 he was a guest lecturer at Brown University's Departments of Classics and Comparative Literature for three semesters . In 1995 he became a corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and has been a member of the Comité Scientifique of the Fondation Hardt in Vandœuvres since 1996 . After a visiting professorship at the University of Graz (2001), Schmidt retired on October 1, 2002. In the winter semester 2002/2003 he was visiting professor in Vienna, from the summer semester 2004 to the summer semester 2005 he was visiting professor and partial professor at the University of Zurich .

Schmidt has been married since 1967 and has three children.

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