Glenn W. Most

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Glenn Warren Most (born June 12, 1952 in Miami ) is an American classical philologist .


Most studied from 1968 Classical Philology and Comparative Literature at Harvard University . In 1972 he graduated there with a BA summa cum laude in Classics (Latin). A master’s course followed by 1973 at Corpus Christi College of the University of Oxford , which he then continued until 1976 at the Department of Comparative Literature at Yale University and graduated in 1978 with an M. Phil . Two years later he received his PhD with Paul de Man with a thesis on "The Bait of Falsehood: Studies in the Rhetorical Strategy of Poetic Truth in the Romantic Period". He also studied from 1976 to 1978 at the Philological Department of the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen . With a doctoral thesis with Richard Kannicht , he received his doctorate in philosophy in 1980 .

1980 Most Andrew W. Mellon became Assistant Professor of Classics at Princeton University and remained in this position until 1985. In the meantime, he was at the American Academy in Rome in 1982/83 . 1985/86 he taught as a professor at the University of Siena , then until 1987 as a visiting professor at the University of Michigan . In 1987 an appointment at the University of Innsbruck followed . Here Most became a full university professor for Classical Philology and Antiquity. In 1988/89 he was a "fellow" at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin . In 1991 Most moved to Heidelberg University as a C-4 professor , where he taught until 2001. During those years he was visiting professor at the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago. In 1994 Most was the first classical philologist to be awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize . Since 2001 he has been teaching at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa.

Most deals in his studies with authors such as Homer , Ovid , Pindar or Virgil or literary figures such as Medea , Elektra or Daphne . In 2008 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences , in 2015 to the Academia Europaea and the American Philosophical Society . In 2016 Most received the Anneliese Maier Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation .


  • The measures of price. Structure and function in Pindar's Second Pythian and Seventh Nemean odes , Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, Göttingen 1985 ( Hypomnemata , H. 83) ISBN 3-525-25182-3
  • Collecting fragments (Eds.), Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, Göttingen 1997 (Aporemata, Vol. 1) ISBN 3-525-25900-X
  • Editing texts = editing texts (ed.), Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, Göttingen 1998 (Aporemata, Vol. 2) ISBN 3-525-25901-8
  • Commentaries = Comments (Eds.), Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, Göttingen 1999 (Aporemata, Vol. 4) ISBN 3-525-25903-4
  • Raffael, The School of Athens. About reading the pictures , Fischer, Frankfurt 1999 ISBN 3-596-13385-8
  • Historicization = Historisierung (Ed.), Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, Göttingen 2001 (Aporemata, Vol. 5) ISBN 3-525-25904-2
  • Disciplining classics = Classics as a profession (ed.), Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, Göttingen 2001 (Aporemata, Vol. 6) ISBN 3-525-25905-0
  • The finger in the wound. The story of the incredulous Thomas , CH Beck, Munich 2007 ISBN 3-406-55619-1 Review of Deutschlandradio

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Dissertation: Pindar's Truth. Unity and Occasionality in the Epinician Ode .
  2. Member History: Glenn W. Most. American Philosophical Society, accessed January 9, 2019 (with autobiographical notes).
  3. Best researchers in FAZ of September 3, 2013, page 13