Georg Ferdinand Dümmler

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Ferdinand Dümmler. Photo from the Imagines Philologorum by Alfred Gudeman (1911)

Ferdinand Dümmler , full name Georg Ferdinand Dümmler, (born February 10, 1859 in Halle (Saale) , † November 15, 1896 in Basel ) was a German classical philologist and archaeologist .


Georg Ferdinand Dümmler (1859–1896), philologist, archaeologist, grave in the Wolfgottesacker cemetery, Basel
Grave in the Wolfgottesacker cemetery , Basel

Ferdinand Dümmler was born in Halle an der Saale in 1859 . He was a grandson of the publisher Ferdinand Dümmler . Ferdinand Dümmler's father Ernst Ludwig Dümmler became an associate professor of history at the University of Halle in 1858 .

After graduating from school in 1877, Dümmler studied classical philology and classical archeology at the universities of Halle, Strasbourg and Bonn . He was most influenced by August Krohn (Halle) and Adolf Michaelis (Strasbourg). In Bonn his teachers were Franz Bücheler , Hermann Usener and Reinhard Kekulé von Stradonitz . In 1882 Dümmler received his doctorate with the dissertation Antisthenica . After graduating, he undertook intensive research trips to the Mediterranean countries; Archaeologist Wolfgang Helbig was one of his sponsors . After traveling in Greece and Italy, he traveled to the Aegean Islands and Cyprus in 1885 .

In 1887 Dümmler returned to Germany and got a job as a private lecturer at the University of Giessen . Here he dealt again with philological topics and habilitated in 1889 with the script Akademika . In the spring of 1890 he accepted a position at the University of Basel as a full professor of philology and archeology (as the successor to Jacob Achilles Mähly ). On November 15, 1896, he died after a short illness from the consequences of years of overwork.

He found his final resting place in the Wolfgottesacker cemetery in Basel.


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