Herbert Bloch

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Herbert Bloch (born August 18, 1911 in Berlin ; † September 6, 2006 in Cambridge, Massachusetts ) was Professor of Classical Philology at Harvard University and a specialist in Greek historiography, Roman epigraphy , medieval monasticism and the tradition of classical culture and Literature.


Herbert Bloch was a German-born Jew and studied Ancient History, Classical Philology and Classical Archeology in Berlin and Rome , where he received his doctorate in Roman history in 1935 and the Diploma di perfezionamento in 1937. In 1938 he was on the excavation team in Ostia . Due to anti-Semitic legislation in Italy, he emigrated to the USA in 1939 . Bloch's brother, who stayed in Germany, died in the Holocaust . Bloch taught at Harvard from 1941 to 1982.

Bloch was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study , Princeton (New Jersey) (1953/54), Professor of the School of Classical Studies at the American Academy in Rome (1957-59), Senior Fellow of the Society of Fellows from 1964 to 1979, Trustee of the Loeb Classical Library (1964–73). He was President of the American Philological Association (1968/69) and President of the Fellows of the Medieval Academy from 1990 to 1993. Bloch was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1950), the American Philosophical Society (1958) and honorary member since 1990 of the Pontificia Accademia Romana di Archeologia and of the German Archaeological Institute , central directorate of the Monumenta Germaniae Historica . He received the Cultori di Roma Prize in 1999 .

Fonts (selection)

  • I bolli laterizi e la storia edilizia romana. Contributi all'archeologia e alla storia romana (1936–38), published as a book in 1948, 2nd edition 1968
  • Supplement to Vol. XV, 1 of the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum , Including Complete Indices to the Roman Brick-stamps (1948; 2nd ed. 1967); ed.Felix Jacoby, Treatises on Greek Historiography (1956)
  • "The author of the Graphia aureae urbis Romae," German Archive for Research of the Middle Ages , 40 (1984), pp. 55–175 (slightly expanded new edition planned in the Monumenta Germaniae Historica)
  • Monte Cassino in the Middle Ages , 3 vols. (1986) (received the Praemium Urbis Prize in Rome in 1987 and the Haskins Medal of the Medieval Academy in 1988)
  • The Atina Dossier of Peter the Deacon of Monte Cassino. A Hagiographical Romance of the Twelfth Century . In: Studi e Testi 346 (1998).


  • Christopher Jones: Herbert Bloch † . In: Gnomon . Volume 80 (2008), pp. 765-767

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