Hans Rudolf Breitenbach

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Hans Rudolf Breitenbach (born January 4, 1923 in Solothurn ; † December 18, 2013 there ) was a Swiss classical philologist and grammar school director. Breitenbach was entitled to reside in Basel .


Hans Rudolf Breitenbach was the son of the high school professor and classical philologist Hermann Breitenbach and his wife Hulda Carolina born. Marxer. He attended high school of the Canton Solothurn from 1934 to 1941. He then studied at the University of Lausanne First Law , but switched over to classical philology and history in the summer semester 1,942th In October 1942 he went to the University of Basel , where he passed the scientific senior teacher examination and the doctoral examination in autumn 1948. His dissertation, Historiographische Anschauungformen Xenophons , was supervised by Professors Peter von der Mühll and Bernhard Wyss and was published in 1950 in Freiburg (Switzerland).

After completing his doctorate , Breitenbach stayed as a postgraduate student at Corpus Christi College , Oxford , which was a rarity at the time. Here he was influenced by Professors Eduard Fraenkel and Felix Jacoby , who emigrated from Germany during the Nazi era . It was thanks to them and the Basel professors Peter von der Mühll and Karl Meuli that Breitenbach owed his scientific influence.

From 1954, Breitenbach worked as a high school professor at the Solothurn Cantonal School, whose rector he became in 1967 (retired in 1986). At the same time he did his habilitation at the University of Bern , which he achieved in 1968. After four years as a private lecturer with a teaching position , he was appointed honorary professor for ancient history and historiography. In addition, since 1969 he was a member of the Federal Matura Commission for 16 years, including 12 years as its vice-president; He also worked as the school council president of the Lyceum Zuoz in the canton of Graubünden and as the education councilor for the canton of Solothurn. He participated in the expansion of the Eastern Swiss Matura School for adults and made numerous trips throughout Europe and in North and South Africa as well as in South America.

In his specialty, Greek historiography, he wrote monographic articles on the historian Xenophon and the Hellenica Oxyrhynchia for Pauly's Realencyclopadie of classical antiquity as well as various articles for volumes 4 and 5 of Little Pauly (Xenophon, Thukydides, Oxyrhynchos: Hellenika). Most recently he worked on a book on the ninth book by the Roman historian Livy .

Publications (selection)

  • Historiographical forms of visualization Xenophons , Freiburg / Switzerland 1950 (= dissertation)
  • Xenophon of Athens , in: Georg Wissowa u. a. (Ed.), Paulys Realencyklopadie der classischen Antiquity Science, 2nd series, Vol. 9.2. Stuttgart 1967, pp. 1569-2052. (also published as a monograph)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Obituary from December 18, 2013 on todesangeboteportal.ch