Johannes Hasebroek

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Johannes Hasebroek (born April 14, 1893 in Hamburg ; † February 15, 1957 in Kastorf ) was a German ancient historian who was particularly concerned with Greek economic history.

life and work

Johannes Hasebroek, the son of the doctor Karl Hasebroek (1860–1941), attended the learned school of the Johanneum in Hamburg and studied ancient history, classical archeology and classical philology at the University of Heidelberg from the 1912 summer semester . He spent the summer semester of 1914 and the winter semester of 1914/15 at the Berlin University , where he particularly attended the lectures of Eduard Meyer . For health reasons he was not drafted during the First World War . In Heidelberg he was particularly influenced by the philologist Franz Boll and the historian Alfred von Domaszewski , whom Hasebroek received on July 22, 1916 as Dr. phil. received his doctorate .

From 1919 Hasebroek taught at the newly founded University of Hamburg , where he completed his habilitation in ancient history in 1921 . In 1925 he followed a call to a scheduled extraordinary professorship at the University of Zurich . As early as 1927 he moved to a full professorship at the University of Cologne . Here he developed a successful teaching activity. In the time of National Socialism , health and personal problems hindered his career. After a long, serious illness, he underwent several spa stays in Switzerland . With reference to his high medical costs, he refused to make contributions to the National Socialist People's Welfare (NSV). During a stay in the sanatorium in Zurich he was politically denounced and retired in 1937 at the age of 44 "for health reasons" (according to the official justification). Since then he has lived withdrawn and in poverty in a village in the Lauenburg district . Depression brought his scientific work to a standstill.

Hasebroek originally dealt with Roman historiography as a Domaszewski student , especially with regard to questions of source criticism. Through his stay in Berlin and the contact with Ulrich Wilcken , Werner Sombart and Michael Rostovtzeff , he turned to Greek economic history. His innovative studies were received with interest by the professional world, but found little response after the " seizure of power " by the National Socialists . Hasebroek was unable to carry out any other work projects, such as the continuation of his Greek economic and social history or studies on Greek-Egyptian slavery .

Fonts (selection)

  • The forgery of the Vita Nigri and Vita Albini in the Scriptores historiae Augustae. Pormetter, Berlin 1916 (dissertation).
  • To classical Greek banking. In: Hermes . Volume 55, 1920, pp. 113-173.
  • Investigations into the history of the emperor Septimius Severus. Winter, Heidelberg 1921.
  • The signaling in the papyrus documents. de Gruyter, Berlin / Leipzig 1921.
  • The operating modes of Greek trade in the IVth century. In: Hermes. Volume 58, 1923, pp. 393-425.
  • The imperialist thought in antiquity. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 1926.
  • State and Commerce in Ancient Greece. Studies on ancient economic history. Mohr, Tübingen 1928. Reprinted by Olms, Hildesheim 1966.
    • English translation by Lindley M. Fraser and DC MacGregor: Trade and politics in ancient Greece. Bell, London 1933. Reprinted by Biblo and Tannen, New York 1965.
  • Greek economic and social history up to the Persian period. Mohr, Tübingen 1931. Reprint Olms, Hildesheim 1966.


  • Wolfgang EJ Weber : Biographical lexicon for historical studies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The chair holders from the beginnings of the subject until 1970. Lang, Frankfurt am Main u. a. 1984, ISBN 3-8204-8005-6 .
  • Edgar Pack: Johannes Hasebroek and the Beginnings of Ancient History in Cologne. A biographical sketch. In: History in Cologne . Volume 21, 1987, pp. 5-42.
  • Edgar Pack: Una lettera di Johannes Hasebroek a MI Rostovtzeff. In: Athenaeum. Vol. 65, 1987, pp. 542-547.
  • Ward W. Briggs , William M. Calder III (Eds.): Classical Scholarship. A Biographical Encyclopedia. Garland, New York / London 1990, ISBN 0-8240-8448-9 , pp. 142-151.
  • Danny Schlumpf: Hasebroek, Johannes. In: Peter Kuhlmann , Helmuth Schneider (Hrsg.): History of the ancient sciences. Biographical Lexicon (= The New Pauly . Supplements. Volume 6). Metzler, Stuttgart / Weimar 2012, ISBN 978-3-476-02033-8 , Sp. 537-539.

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