Jürgen Werner (Philologist)

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Jürgen Werner (born July 14, 1931 in Dresden ) is a German classical philologist .

Jürgen Werner has been permanently associated with the University of Leipzig since studying Classical Philology. After completing his studies, he initially worked there as a lecturer and from 1976 (until 1990) as head of the Department of Ancient Literature / Neo-Greek Studies . His doctorate took place in 1957 with a dissertation on the subject of " Ancient Greek proverbs sorted according to subject groups ". He completed his habilitation in 1965 with a thesis on " Studies on the History of Aristophanes Germanization ". From 1990 until his retirement in 1996 he was director of the new Institute for Classical Philology.

Werner also emerged as a translator and editor of Greek authors, including Aristophanes . He was also head of a working group that rewrote the GDR's “ Modern Greek Textbook ” in 1981. Werner also dealt with specialist history and is an outspoken expert on the work of Franz Dornseiff . The Graecist Werner had been a full member of the Saxon Academy of Sciences since 1985 , as well as a member of the Mommsen Society and the German Association of Classical Philologists . From 1963 to 1990 he was editor of the Greek series in the library of antiquity project, which he co-founded .

Fonts (selection)

  • The playwright and the midwife's son. Brecht and the Legacy: The Case of Socrates . Hirzel, Leipzig and Stuttgart 1998 (session reports of the Saxon Academy of Sciences in Leipzig, Philological-Historical Class, vol. 136, no.1) ISBN 3-7776-0880-7 .
  • "The world did not start with the Greeks". Franz Dornseiff (1888–1960) as a classical philologist and Germanist . Hirzel, Leipzig and Stuttgart 1999 (Treatises of the Saxon Academy of Sciences in Leipzig, Philological-Historical Class, Vol. 76, H. 1) ISBN 3-7776-0959-5 .


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