Johannes Vahlen

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Johannes Vahlen at the age of eighty. Photo by Rudolf Dührkoop (1910)

Johannes Vahlen (born September 27, 1830 in Bonn , † November 30, 1911 in Berlin ) was a German classical philologist .


Vahlen studied classical philology at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn . With a dissertation on Ennius doctorate he 1852 Dr. phil. His doctoral supervisor was Friedrich Ritschl .

Since 1854 habilitation , Vahlen in November 1856 an associate professor at the Silesian Friedrich-Wilhelms-University of Breslau . In April 1858 he moved to the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg as a full professor and one semester later to the University of Vienna . After 16 years he left Vienna and in 1874 went to the Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Berlin . As the successor to Moriz Haupt , he led the Philological Seminar with Adolf Kirchhoff . In the academic year 1886/1887 he was rector of the university. From 1902 Vahlen headed the seminar alone until 1906 he ceded the leadership to Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff , Hermann Diels and Eduard Norden . Vahlen held lectures until 1907 .

Vahlen was a member of the Vienna Academy of Sciences from 1862 , where he was secretary of the philosophical-historical class from 1869 to 1874. In 1874 he also became a member of the Royal Prussian Academy of Sciences , from 1893 until his death in 1911 again as secretary of the philosophical-historical class. He was a full member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences .

In his publications Vahlen a. a. with early Roman poetry (he edited the fragments of Ennius and Naevius ) and with the poetics of Aristotle .

Vahlen's younger brother was the publisher Franz Vahlen , his sons the mathematician Theodor Vahlen and the pharmacologist Ernst Vahlen .

His students included the philologists Oskar Froehde , Alois Goldbacher , Paul Graffunder , Rudolf Helm , Wilhelm Heraeus , Carl Holzinger , Bernhard Kübler , Otto Plasberg , Richard Reitzenstein , Max Rothstein , Max Rubensohn , Rudolf Sydow , Emil Thomas and Friedrich Vollmer .

Johannes Vahlen died in Berlin in 1911 at the age of 81. He was buried in the Old Twelve Apostles Cemetery in Schöneberg . The grave has not been preserved.

Vahlen's library was acquired by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1913 , as was Wilhelm Dittenberger's in 1907 . Together, the two libraries form the Dittenberger-Vahlen Collection of Classical Texts, with over 15,000 books and over 17,000 offprints. With financial support from the National Endowment for the Humanities , the university began digitizing this inventory in 2000 .


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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Hans-Jürgen Mende: Lexicon of Berlin burial places . Pharus-Plan, Berlin 2018, ISBN 978-3-86514-206-1 , p. 757.