Helmut Castritius

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Helmut Castritius (born July 4, 1941 in Darmstadt-Arheilgen ; † September 12, 2019 ) was a German ancient historian .

Helmut Castritius studied Latin Philology, History and Provincial Roman Archeology. He received his doctorate in 1968 at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main on the subject of studies on Maximinus Daia . From 1966 to 1972 he worked as an assistant at the University of Marburg . At the same time he took on a teaching position at the Technical University of Darmstadt . In 1972 he moved to the University of Düsseldorf in the same capacity , and in 1973 as an Academic Councilor at the University of Bochum , where he was appointed Academic Senior Councilor in 1974. He achieved his habilitation there with the writingThe Roman Principate as a Republic ; The work was published in 1982 and made in the professional world for as much attention as rejection, since the vast majority of researchers, the core thesis is Augustus did the Roman republic not only de jure but also de facto restored disliked connect.

From 1974 Castritius worked as a scientific advisor and professor (from 1978: C3 professor) for ancient history at the TU Braunschweig . In 2004 he retired; the professorship for Ancient History was removed from the budget and not filled again. Castritius was an active member of the Breuberg Association and researched there, among other things, the Arnheiter Chapel and Roman finds from the Odenwald . He also worked for many years on the Darmstadt Heritage Advisory Board.

His research focused on the constitutional history of the Principate and Late Antiquity , the ethnogenesis of the tribes in the Migration Period and the Jewish-non-Jewish relationship history.

Helmut Castritius died on September 12, 2019 at the age of 78 after a brief, serious illness. He was buried on September 23, 2019 in the Arheilger Friedhof .

Publications (selection)


  • Kürschner's German Scholar's Calendar. 21st edition, 2007, p. 506.

Web links


  1. Annette Wannemacher Hall. In: Darmstädter Echo, Wednesday, September 18, 2019, p. 11.
  2. Darmstädter Echo, Monday, September 23, 2019, p. 14.