Heinz-Günther Nesselrath

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Heinz-Günther Nesselrath

Heinz-Günther Nesselrath (born November 9, 1957 in Titz-Rödingen near Jülich ) is a German classical philologist .


Heinz-Günther Nesselrath studied Classical Philology and Ancient History at the University of Cologne from 1976 to 1981 (among others with Rudolf Kassel ). In February 1981 he was there with the dissertation " Lukians Parasitendialog. Investigations and comment " doctorate . From 1981 to 1989 he was a research assistant at the Institute for Classical Studies at the University of Cologne. On November 11, 1987 , he completed his habilitation with the work “Die Attische Mittlere Komödie. Your position in ancient literary criticism and literary history ”. After completing his habilitation, he received a Heisenberg grant from the German Research Foundation until 1992 .

Before he was appointed professor, Nesselrath held professorships at the universities of Göttingen (summer semester 1988), Gießen (winter semester 1989/90), Münster (summer semester 1990) and Bonn (winter semester 1990/91). In 1991 he received the Academy Award from the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences . In the winter semester of 1992, Nesselrath accepted an appointment to an extraordinary professorship in Classical Philology with special emphasis on Greek at the University of Bern , where he was appointed full professor in 1997. In the summer semester of 2001 he accepted a professorship for Classical Philology ( Graecistics ) at the University of Göttingen as the successor to Klaus Nickau . In the 2004 summer semester he was a visiting fellow at All Souls College in Oxford .

Since 2002 Nesselrath has been a full member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences . Since 2015 he has been co-editor of the renowned Real Lexicon for Antiquity and Christianity .

He is married to the Swiss classical archaeologist Balbina Bäbler .

Research priorities

One focus of his research is Plato's Atlantis - dialogues Timaeus and Critias . Nesselrath considers Atlantis - like Pierre Vidal-Naquet before him , but also the "silent majority" of the ancient scholars of all centuries - to be an invention of Plato to be understood as a parable and describes it as "ancient science fiction " because it is a science-based fictional one History.

He is also one of the leading German-speaking Lukian experts and in this context published a monograph on Lukian's Parasite Dialogue (based on his dissertation, see above); compare also his contributions to Lukian: "Friends of Lies" in the edition of the SAPERE series (Scripta Antiquitatis Posterioris ad Ethicam Religionemque pertinentia), which was published by the Scientific Book Society up to volume 9, from volume 10 by Mohr Siebeck.

His 2017 “text-faithful, yet legible transmission” of the histories of Herodotus was praised .

Nesselrath is also the editor of the Introduction to Greek Philology (Stuttgart / Leipzig 1997), which was translated into Greek in 2001 and into Italian in 2004.

Fonts (selection)

  • with Hermann Reinbothe: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz , Novissima Sinica - the latest from China. Edition of the text with translation and comments . Cologne 1979
  • Lukian's Parasite Dialogue. Investigations and Commentary . Berlin / New York 1985 ( studies on ancient literature and history 22; extended version of the dissertation). Reprint 2016, ISBN 978-3-11-047764-1
  • The Attic Medium Comedy. Your position in ancient literary criticism and literary history . Berlin / New York 1990 ( Studies on Ancient Literature and History 36; Habilitation Thesis)
  • What did not happen: 'near-episodes' in Greek and Roman epics from Homer to late antiquity . Stuttgart 1992 ( contributions to antiquity 27)
  • with Martin Ebner , Holger Gzella, Ernst Ribat: Lukian: Die Lügenfreunde. Introduced, translated and provided with interpretive essays . Darmstadt 2001
  • Plato and the invention of Atlantis . Leipzig / Munich 2002 ( Lectio Teubneriana 11)
  • with Balbina Bäbler, Maximilian Forschner , Albert de Jong : Dion von Prusa: Human community and divine order. The Borysthenes speech . Darmstadt 2003
  • Plato, Critias. Translation and commentary . Göttingen 2006
  • with Balbina Bäbler: Ars et Verba. The art descriptions of Kallistratus, introduction, text, translation, annotations, archaeological commentary . Munich / Leipzig 2006
  • with Okko Behrends , Klaus Stefan Freyberger , Johannes Hahn , Martin Wallraff , Hans-Ulrich Wiemer : For religious freedom, law and tolerance: Libanios' speech for the preservation of the pagan temples. Introduced, translated and provided with interpretive essays . Tübingen 2011
  • Libanios. Witness a dwindling world . Stuttgart 2012
  • with Balbina Bäbler:  Philostratus Apollonios and his world - Greek and non-Greek art and religion in the ›Vita Apollonii‹ . Walter de Gruyter, Berlin 2016, ISBN 978-3-110477641 .
  • Herodotus : Histories , newly translated, edited and explained, Kröner, Stuttgart 2017, ISBN 978-3-520-22405-7 .
  • Rudolf Kassel: Small writings . Berlin / New York 1991.
  • Introduction to Greek Philology . Stuttgart / Leipzig 1997
  • Dion of Prusa, the philosopher and his image . Tübingen 2009 ( SAPERE 13)
  • Cornutus, The Greek Gods . Tübingen 2009 ( SAPERE 14)
  • Plutarch, On the daimonion of Socrates, Human liberation, divine guidance and philosophy . Tübingen 2010 ( SAPERE 16)

Web links

Commons : Heinz-Günther Nesselrath  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Uwe Walter : So that we don't forget what happened once. Three new translations arouse curiosity about the historians Herodotus, Thucydides and Xenophon. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of January 19, 2018, p. 12.