Friedrich Matz the Younger

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Friedrich Matz (born August 15, 1890 in Lübeck , † August 3, 1974 in Marburg ) was a German classical archaeologist . Matz himself never added the name “the younger”, it only serves to distinguish it from the archaeologist Friedrich Matz (1843–1874).


Friedrich Matz, the son of a businessman, graduated from the Katharineum in his home town of Lübeck in 1909 , began studying in Tübingen and moved to Göttingen the following year. There he received his doctorate in 1913 and passed the state examination for higher education in 1914. Due to the First World War , he was unable to take up the travel grant granted to him by the German Archaeological Institute (DAI), but worked as a substitute teacher at the Katharineum. 1916–1917 he was a trainee teacher in Berlin and from 1921 worked as a senior teacher at the Berlinisches Gymnasium zum Grauen Kloster .

In 1925 Matz turned full-time to archeology and completed the second edition of the real catalog of the library there at the DAI in Rome. In 1927 he completed his habilitation in Berlin with Ferdinand Noack with the thesis The Early Cretan Seal and in the following year became assistant to the Secretary General of the DAI in Berlin, Gerhart Rodenwaldt ; at the same time he taught as a private lecturer at the Berlin University . In 1934 Matz was appointed to a chair at the University of Münster and moved to Marburg in 1941 , where he was rector in 1946/47 and remained until his retirement in 1958.

Matz dealt mainly with the archeology of the Minoan - Mycenaean and the Hellenistic-Roman period. He published several scientific series ( Corpus of the Minoan and Mycenaean seals , Archaeologia Homerica , The ancient sarcophagus reliefs ) and was one of the editors of the review magazine Gnomon from 1949 to 1965 . Together with Guido Kaschnitz von Weinberg , Matz introduced structural research into classical archeology.


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  1. Rector's speeches. HKM