Gustav Adolf Lehmann

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Gustav Adolf Lehmann (born August 28, 1942 in Dortmund ) is a German ancient historian .

Scientific career

Gustav Adolf Lehmann studied Ancient History, Classical Philology and Archeology at the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster and received his doctorate there in 1965 during a supplementary course in Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies with the thesis "Investigations into the historical credibility of Polybius". He then had lectureships in Ancient History in Münster and received a post-doctoral scholarship from the German Research Foundation in 1967 . In 1969 he became a research assistant in Münster, and in 1971 a university lecturer and adjunct professor. From 1972 Lehmann taught at the Technical University of Braunschweig , first as a scientific adviser, then as a professor. In the 1974 summer semester he was appointed to the Free University of Berlin ; In the 1975 summer semester he moved to the University of Cologne . From 1993 until his retirement in 2010, Lehmann was professor of ancient history and director of the ancient history seminar at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen . He is considered to be one of the best experts on the Aegean Bronze Age and Attic democracy. His work on Polybios , whose work Lehmann attributes great reliability , was also influential . In 2005 he received the Ausonius Prize from the University of Trier for outstanding achievements in the field of classical studies.

Lehmann is a full member of the Rheinisch-Westfälische (now: North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts ) Academy of Sciences in Düsseldorf (since 1982 a full member; from 1993 a corresponding member after leaving North Rhine-Westphalia) and a full member of the Academy of Sciences zu Göttingen (since 1995). From 2002 to 2006 he was Vice President of the Göttingen Academy and Chairman of the Philological and Historical Class. Since May 2008 he has been a corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute . In April 2009 he was elected as a corresponding foreign member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna. Lehmann was the first chairman of the Mommsen Society from 1999 to 2001 and the second chairman from 2001 to 2003 and a member of the administrative board of the Göttingen University Association.

Fonts (selection)

  • Investigations into the historical credibility of Polybius. Aschendorff, Münster 1967 (dissertation, University of Münster, 1965).
  • The Mycenaean-Early Greek world and the eastern Mediterranean area in the time of the "Sea Peoples" invasions around 1200 BC. Chr. Westdeutscher Verlag, Opladen 1985, ISBN 3-531-07276-5 .
  • Oligarchic rule in classical Athens. On the crises and catastrophes of Attic democracy in the 5th and 4th centuries BC Chr. Westdeutscher Verlag, Opladen 1997, ISBN 3-531-07346-X .
  • Approaches to a theory of the Greek federal state in Aristotle and Polybios. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2001, ISBN 3-525-82514-5 .
  • Demosthenes of Athens: A Life for Freedom. Biography. Beck, Munich 2004, ISBN 3-406-51607-6 ( review by Stefan Rebenich ).
  • Pericles: statesman and strategist in classical Athens. A biography. Beck, Munich 2008, ISBN 978-3-406-56899-2 .
  • with Helwig Schmidt-Glintzer (ed.): Ancient worlds and new empires. 1200 BC Chr – 600 AD (= WBG World History. Volume 2). Scientific Book Society, Darmstadt 2009, ISBN 978-3-534-20105-1 .
  • Bruno Bleckmann , Boris Dreyer (ed.): Research on ancient history: Small writings. 2 volumes. Steiner, Stuttgart 2011, ISBN 978-3-515-09887-8 .
  • Alexander the Great and the "freedom of the Greeks". Studies of the ancient historiographical tradition and the inscriptions of the Alexander era. de Gruyter, Berlin 2015, ISBN 978-3-11-040552-1 .


  • Ernst Baltrusch : History of Ancient History at the Free University. In: Karol Kubicki, Siegward Lönnendonker (Ed.): The historical sciences at the Free University of Berlin (= contributions to the history of science of the Free University of Berlin. Volume 2). V & R unipress, Göttingen 2008, ISBN 978-3-89971-475-3 , pp. 11-40, here: p. 36.

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