Jürgen von Ungern-Sternberg

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Jürgen Bernhard von Ungern-Sternberg (full name Jürgen Bernhard Baron Ungern-Sternberg von Pürkel ; born April 21, 1940 in Schneidemühl ) is a German ancient historian .

The Ungern-Sternbergs are a German-Baltic family. Jürgen von Ungern-Sternberg was born as one of six children of Pastor Rolf Walter Arthur Freiherr von Ungern-Sternberg (1911–1992). After graduating from high school in Munich in 1959 and completing military service, he studied history and Latin in Munich and Freiburg i. Br. 1968 he received his doctorate at the University of Munich under Robert Werner with the subject of investigations into late republican emergency law. Senatus consultum ultimum and hostis declaration . From 1967 to 1968 he was the assistant to his teacher Robert Werner at the Free University of Berlin and joined him in 1968 as an assistant at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg . There he completed his habilitation in 1974 on the subject of Capua in the Second Punic War. Studies on Roman annals . After Acting Professor at the Free University Berlin in 1975 and a Visiting Professor at the University of Kiel in 1976/77 was Ungern-Sternberg 1977-1978 full professor at the University of Essen . From 1978 until his retirement in 2007 he taught as a full professor of ancient history at the University of Basel . Jürgen von Ungern-Sternberg received honorary doctorates from the Université de Haute Alsace (2000), the University of Riga (2002) and the University of Tartu (2005).

His main research interests include the Roman Republic, Baltic history, the history of science and especially the international relationships between classical scholars before and during the First World War and their role in war propaganda. He is also co-editor of the Greek cultural history in the Jacob Burckhardt edition. He is a member of the Baltic Historical Commission .

Fonts (selection)


  • Studies on the late republican emergency law. Senatusconsultum ultimum and hostis declaration (= Vestigia. Vol. 11). Beck, Munich 1970, ISBN 3-406-03094-7 (also: Munich, University, Dissertation, 1968).
  • Capua in the Second Punic War. Studies on Roman annals (= Vestigia. Vol. 23). Beck, Munich 1975, ISBN 3-406-04793-9 (also: Erlangen, Nürnberg, Universität, habilitation paper, 1974).
  • with Wolfgang von Ungern-Sternberg: The appeal "To the cultural world!" The Manifesto of 93 and the beginnings of war propaganda in the First World War (= historical messages. Supplement 18). Steiner, Stuttgart 1996; 2nd, extended edition with a contribution by Trude Maurer (= people and structures. Volume 21). Lang, Frankfurt am Main a. a. 2013, ISBN 978-3-631-64167-5 .
  • Roman studies. Historical awareness - age of the Gracches - crisis of the republic (= contributions to antiquity. Vol. 232). Saur, Munich et al. 2006, ISBN 3-598-77844-9 .
  • Greek studies (= contributions to antiquity. Vol. 266). De Gruyter, Berlin et al. 2009, ISBN 978-3-11-020916-7 .
  • Les chers ennemis. German and French classical scholars in rivalry and cooperation (= Collegium Beatus Rhenanus. Vol. 7). Steiner, Stuttgart, Steiner 2017, ISBN 978-3-515-11612-1 .


  • with Hansjörg Reinau: The past in oral tradition (= Colloquium Rauricum. Vol. 1). Teubner, Stuttgart 1988, ISBN 3-519-07411-7 .
  • with Leonhard Burckhardt : Great trials in ancient Athens. Beck, Munich 2000, ISBN 3-406-46613-3 .
  • with Carsten Goehrke : The Baltic States at the intersection of developments. Past and present (= office for cultural studies research. Texts and studies. Vol. 4). Schwabe, Basel 2003, ISBN 3-7965-1937-7 .
  • with Ève Gran-Aymerich: L 'Antiquité partagée. Correspondances franco-allemandes 1823–1861. Karl Benedikt Hase, Désiré Raoul-Rochette, Karl Otfried Müller, Otto Jahn, Theodor Mommsen (= Mémoires de l'Institut de France, Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres. Vol. 47). Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, Paris 2012, ISBN 978-2-87754-272-2 .
  • with Hansjörg Reinau: Political Participation. Idea and reality from antiquity to the present (= Colloquia Raurica. Vol. 13). De Gruyter, Berlin 2013, ISBN 978-3-11-030333-9 .


  • Ernst Baltrusch : History of Ancient History at the Free University. In: Karol Kubicki, Siegward Lönnendonker (ed.): The historical sciences at the Free University of Berlin (= contributions to the history of science of the Free University of Berlin. Vol. 2). V & R unipress, Göttingen 2008, ISBN 978-3-89971-475-3 , pp. 11-40, here pp. 16 and 39.
  • Leonhard Burckhardt (ed.): The seminar for ancient history in Basel. 1934-2007. University of Basel, Basel 2011.

Web links


  1. ^ Genealogical handbook of the nobility . Vol. 127, Starke, Limburg an der Lahn 2002, p. 561.
  2. ^ Genealogical handbook of the nobility. Vol. 127, Starke, Limburg an der Lahn 2002, p. 561. Eduard Kneifel : The Evangelical Church in Wartheland-Ost (Lodz): Its structure and its confrontation with National Socialism 1939-1945. A representation of church history. Self-published, Vierkirchen 1976, p. 66.