Hermann Mutschmann

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Hermann Mutschmann (born October 21, 1882 in Essen , † July 20, 1918 with Herlies in northern France) was a German classical philologist .


Hermann Mutschmann studied classical philology and received his doctorate in Kiel in 1906 with the dissertation Divisiones quae vulgo dicuntur Aristoteleae ("The categories attributed to Aristotle "), which was dedicated to his teachers Siegfried Sudhaus and Paul Wendland . In 1908 Mutschmann completed his habilitation and was appointed private lecturer. From the summer semester of 1909 he was Johannes Mewaldt's assistant in Berlin with Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff . In 1913 he accepted an appointment as associate professor at the University of Königsberg . When the First World War broke out , he volunteered and was deployed on the Western Front. In the last summer of the war he fell on July 20, 1918 near Herlies in northern France.


Mutschmann dealt intensively with ancient rhetoric and philosophy in his short scholarly life. In addition to works on Cicero , Plato and the author of the Peri hypsous ( tendency, structure and sources of the Scriptures of the Sublime , Berlin 1913), he stood out in particular for his large edition of the Writings of Sextus Empiricus , which was published by Teubner in Leipzig from 1912. Mutschmann himself was only able to complete the first two volumes (1912, 1914). After his death, the issue lay idle for a long time and was only completed by Jürgen Mau after the Second World War (1954, 1962). It now consists of four volumes and an index volume for the first three volumes (1954) by Karel Janáček .


  • Nekrolog by Christian Jensen in the foreword of the work Philodemos About the Poems, fifth book , Berlin 1923, pp. IIIff.

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