Hans Eideneier

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Hans Eideneier (born May 21, 1937 in Stuttgart ) is a German Byzantinist , Neo-Graecist and literary translator .

life and work

Eideneier attended the Eberhard-Ludwigs-Gymnasium Stuttgart and graduated from high school there in 1956, afterwards he studied classical philology and Byzantine studies and received his doctorate in Munich in 1966 with a dissertation on so-called Christian taboo words in Greek (Eideneier refutes the thesis according to which the ancient Greek words ἄρτος , οἶνος, ἰχθύς and ὕδωρ due to their Christian meaning in later Greek by the corresponding words ψωμί (ον), κρασί (ν), (ὀ) ψάρι (ον) and νερό (ν) should have been replaced). In 1974 he completed his habilitation in Cologne with a text-critical edition including a commentary on the satirical poem about the beardless type, the Spanos . He then held a professorship for Central and Modern Greek Philology at the University of Cologne . From 1994 until his retirement in 2002, he was a full professor for Byzantine and Modern Greek Philology at the University of Hamburg .

Eideneier mainly deals scientifically with the beginnings of vernacular modern Greek literature in Byzantine and post-Byzantine times and is editor of the series of publications and organizer of the Neograeca Medii Aevi congress series . Romiosini Verlag , which was founded in 1982 and in which this series and many of his other publications have appeared, was run by his wife Niki Eideneier-Anastassiadi . With her he also wrote a widely used textbook for the modern Greek language . Eideneier was also chairman of the Πολιτιστική Ομάδα Πρωτοβουλίας - Initiative Group Greek Culture in the Federal Republic of Germany from 1983 to 2008. V.


For his services to Byzantine and modern Greek literature and culture, Eideneier was honored with an honorary doctorate from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Medal of Honor from the Foundation for Greek Culture, Berlin, in 2005 . In 2017 he received an honorary doctorate from the Democritus University of Thrace .

Fonts (selection)

Text editions and comments

  • Ptochoprodromus. Introduction, critical edition, German translation, glossary, Cologne: Romiosini 1991, ISBN 978-3-923728-94-7 (Neograeca Medii Aevi V)
  • Krasopateras. Critical edition of the versions from the 16th to 18th centuries Century. Cologne: Romiosini 1988, ISBN 978-3-923728-92-3 (Neograeca Medii Aevi III)
  • Spanos. A Byzantine satire in the form of a parody . Introduction, critical text, commentary and glossary (Supplementa Byzantina, Texts and Studies 5). Berlin / New York: Walter de Gruyter 1977, ISBN 3-11-006606-8 (habilitation thesis); Google Books books.google.com ; Greek edition: Athens 1990


  • Beggars - drunkards - colorful birds. Popular poems of the Greek Middle Ages. Wiesbaden: Reichert 2017, ISBN 978-395-49-0219-4
  • Νίκη Eideneier- Αναστασιάδη (Ed.): Ο δάσκαλος Hans. Hans Eideneier, άρθρα, εισηγήσεις, διαλέξεις. Thessaloniki: University Studio Press 2017, ISBN 978-960-12-2335-3
  • Sleeveless in Greece. Greek-German language skills . Romiosini, Cologne 2009, ISBN 3-929889-86-2
  • From rhapsody to rap . Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag 1999, ISBN 3-8233-5202-4 , review by: Martin Hinterberger, in: Göttingische learned advertisements 255, 2003, 234–241, Google books: books.google.com ; Greek edition: 2004
  • On the medieval prehistory of the modern Greek diglossia . Collaborative Research Center 538 Multilingualism, Hamburg 2000
  • New Greek as it is not in the dictionary . Scheffler 1978, ISBN 3-7973-0035-2 . Bergisch Gladbach: Lübbe 6th edition 1996, ISBN 3-404-63072-6 (Bastei-Lübbe-Taschenbuch, vol. 63072)
  • Language comparison Greek - German (part of phonetics by Hans Ruge ). Pädagogischer Verlag Schwann, Düsseldorf: 1976, 2nd edition 1979, ISBN 3-590-14609-5
  • So-called Christian taboo words in Greek . Munich: Institute for Byzantine Studies and Modern Greek Philology at the University of 1966 (Miscellanea Byzantina Monacensia, 5), also dissertation Munich 1966; Advertisement by Henry Chadwick , in: Classical Review ns 19 (1969) 110 jstor.org
  • Modern Greek for humanists . Verlag Ernst Heimeran, Munich 1965, 2nd edition 1969


  • Neograeca Medii Aevi . Cologne: Romiosini 1987ff.
  • (Ed., With Niki Eideneier): Thessaloniki. Pictures of a city . Cologne: Romiosini 1992
  • (Ed.): Graeca Recentiora in Germania. German-Greek cultural relations from the 15th to the 19th century (Wolfenbütteler Forschungen, 59). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz 1994, ISBN 3-447-03632-X


  • Tou Ptochoprodromou . In: Martin Hinterberger, Elisabeth Schiffer (eds.): Byzantine language art: Studies on Byzantine literature dedicated to Wolfram Hörandner on his 65th birthday . Walter de Gruyter, Berlin / New York 2007, pp. 55–76 ( Byzantine Archive , Vol. 20), ISBN 3-11-019501-1 , books.google.com
  • Modern Greek in Germany (From the togetherness of German Neo-Greek Studies) . In: Folia Neohellenica 9, Amsterdam 1999, pp. 164-189
  • Is the diaskevast a speaking writer? . In: Readings. Festschrift for Athanasios Kambylis . Berlin / New York 1998, pp. 240–247, books.google.com
  • Η πεζογραφία της βενετοκρατούμενης Κρήτης . In: Cretan Studies 6 (1998) pp. 335-344
  • Byzantine vernacular script and oral tradition . In: Μαντατοφόρος 33 (1991) pp. 7-10
  • Ptochoprodromos' table joy and table woe . In: Günter Prinzing , Dieter Simon (Ed.): Festival and everyday life in Byzantium . CH Beck, Munich 1990, ISBN 3-406-34326-0 , pp. 77-90, books.google.com
  • KAI as a prelude to the (rhythmic) phrase. For verbalized pause marking in Central and Modern Greek . In: Yearbook of Austrian Byzantine Studies 39, 1989, pp. 179–200
  • Sensible interrogation in Ptochoprodromus III . In: Ελληνικά (Thessaloniki) Vol. 36 (1985), pp. 78-101, ems.gr (PDF)
  • Readers or listeners? On Byzantine poetry in the vernacular . In: Ελληνικά (Thessaloniki) Vol. 34, 1982-83, pp. 119-150
  • A Byzantine calendar poem in the vernacular . In: Ελληνικά (Thessaloniki) Vol. 31.2, 3S. 68–419, ems.gr (PDF)

Language textbook

  • Hans and Niki Eideneier: Modern Greek is not that difficult
    • Part 1. A course with many songs, illustrations, photos and caricatures by Kostas Mitropulos. 5th, improved edition, Wiesbaden: L. Reichert 1993, ISBN 3-88226-595-7 (answer key, speech and music cassette are available)
    • Part 2. A course with many songs, illustrations, photos and caricatures by Kostas Mitropulos. Wiesbaden: L. Reichert 1991, ISBN 978-3-88226-510-1 (answer key, speech and music cassette are available)
    • Part 3: 100 texts from easy to difficult . L. Reichert, Wiesbaden 1998, ISBN 978-3-89500-080-5
    • Key vocabulary. Basic grammar . L. Reichert, Wiesbaden 1986, ISBN 978-3-88226-284-1

Translations from modern Greek

  • Odysseas Elytis : Songs of Love. Modern Greek and German. With eight collages by the author. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt a. M. 1981 (Library Suhrkamp, ​​745).
  • Alexandros Kotzias : Jaguar. Cologne: Romiosini 1991.


  • David Holton , Tina Lendari, Ulrich Moennig , Peter Vejleskov (Eds.): Copyists, Collectors, Redactors and Editors: Manuscripts and Editions of Late Byzantine and Early Modern Greek Literature. Papers given at a Conference held at the Danish Institute at Athens, 23–26 May 2002, in honor of Hans Eideneier and Arnold van Gemert . Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Κρήτης, Herakleion 2005, pp. 251-273.
  • Ulrich Moennig (Ed.): Ὡς ἀθύρματα παῖδας. A commemorative publication for Hans Eideneier. Forty articles in German, English, French and Greek. Edition Romiosini 2016.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Eberhard-Ludwigs-Gymnasium Stuttgart: Yearbook 2019-2020. (PDF) Retrieved June 24, 2020 .
  2. See bogdanou.com, April 2008 bogdanou.com (PDF; 109 kB), as well as pop-griechische-kultur.de ( memento of the original from February 7, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked . Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , May 2010 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.pop-griechische-kultur.de
  3. See das-kulturforum.de, June 2005 das-kulturforum.de (PDF; 79 kB)
  4. Την προσωπική του επιστημονική βιβλιοθήκη στο ΔΠΘ θα χαρίσει ο Hans Eideneier - Παρατηρητής της Θράκης . In: paratiritisnews . March 1, 2017 ( paratiritis-news.gr [accessed August 2, 2017]).