Helmuth Schneider (ancient historian)

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Helmuth Schneider (born July 29, 1946 in Bad Gandersheim ) is a German ancient historian .

Helmuth Schneider studied history and philosophy in Tübingen and Marburg from 1966 to 1973 . His doctorate took place in 1973 with the thesis Economics and Politics - Investigations into the History of the Late Roman Republic with Karl Christ .

From 1978 to 1988 Schneider was a research assistant and university assistant for ancient history at the Free University of Berlin . There he completed his habilitation in 1986. At the University of Kiel in 1988/89 he was a substitute for an ancient history professorship. From 1989 to 1991 he worked as a private lecturer in Heidelberg and from the winter semester of 1991 until his retirement he was founding professor for ancient history at the University of Kassel . Schneider has been editor of the New Pauly together with Hubert Cancik since 1995 . Since 1998 he has been a member of the Historical Commission for Hesse .

Schneider is a specialist in the ancient economic and social, in particular the history of technology.



  • Economy and politics. Studies on the history of the late Roman Republic (= Erlanger Studies. Vol. 3, ISSN  0179-1710 ). Palm & Enke, Erlangen 1974 (at the same time: Marburg, University, dissertation, 1973).
  • The emergence of the Roman military dictatorship. The crisis and decline of an ancient republic. Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 1977, ISBN 3-462-01230-4 .
  • The Greek understanding of technology. From Homer's epics to the beginnings of technical literature (= impulses for research. Vol. 54). Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, Darmstadt 1989, ISBN 3-534-04532-7 (also: Berlin, Free University, habilitation paper, 1986).
  • Introduction to the ancient history of technology. Scientific Book Society, Darmstadt 1992, ISBN 3-534-08335-0 .
  • History of ancient technology (= Beck'sche series. 2432 CH Beck Wissen ). Beck, Munich 2007, ISBN 978-3-406-53632-8 .


  • On the social and economic history of the late Roman Republic (= ways of research . Vol. 413). Scientific Book Society, Darmstadt 1976, ISBN 3-534-07806-3 .
  • Social and economic history of the Roman Empire (= ways of research. Vol. 552). Scientific Book Society, Darmstadt 1981, ISBN 3-534-07806-3 .
  • History of work. From ancient Egypt to the present (= Ullstein-Buch. 34140 Ullstein-Sachbuch ). Unabridged edition. Ullstein, Frankfurt am Main et al. 1983, ISBN 3-548-34140-3 .
  • with Hubert Cancik : The New Pauly .
  • with Hans-Joachim Gehrke : History of Antiquity. A study book. Metzler, Stuttgart et al. 2000, ISBN 3-476-01455-X .
  • with Hans-Joachim Gehrke: History of Antiquity. Source volume. Metzler, Stuttgart et al. 2007, ISBN 978-3-476-02017-8 .
  • with Hubert Cancik and Manfred Landfester : Der Neue Pauly. Encyclopedia of Antiquity, special edition. WBG (Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft), Darmstadt 2015, ISBN 978-3-534-26764-4 (Classical antiquity and its history of reception: 18 volumes, 1 register volume, including an additional volume Historical Atlas of the Ancient World ).


  • Björn Onken, Dorothea Rohde (eds.): "In omni historia curiosus". Studies of history from ancient times to modern times. Festschrift for Helmuth Schneider on the occasion of his 65th birthday (= Philippika. Classical Studies. Vol. 47). Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden 2011, ISBN 978-3-447-06524-5 .

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