Klaus Meister

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Klaus Meister (born March 26, 1938 in Nuremberg ) is a German ancient historian .

Klaus Meister graduated from high school in Regensburg in 1957 and then studied from 1957 to 1959 in Tübingen and from 1959 to 1962 in Munich the subjects of Classical Philology, Archeology and History. After his state examination in 1962, he received his doctorate in 1966 on the subject of Sicilian history under Diodorus . The work was suggested by Alexander Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg and, after his death, continued to be looked after by Siegfried Lauffer .

From 1962 to 1967 he worked as a research assistant for ancient history in Munich. This was followed by another scientific activity as an assistant in Saarbrücken from 1967 to 1971. In 1971 Meister completed his habilitation on historical criticism from Polybios . From 1971 to 1975 he was Professor of Ancient History in Saarbrücken as the successor to Heinz Heinen and from 1975 to 1977 at the University of Cologne . From 1977 to 2005 he taught in Berlin, from 1977 to 1980 at the University of Education and from 1980 to his retirement in 2005 at the TU Berlin .


  • Hellenism. Cultural and intellectual history. JBMetzler, Stuttgart 2016, ISBN 978-3-476-02685-9 .
  • Thucydides as a role model for historians. From antiquity to the present. Schöningh, Paderborn 2013, ISBN 978-3-506-77679-2 .
  • “Man is the measure of all things”. The teachings of the sophists. Fink, Munich 2010, ISBN 978-3-7705-5066-1 ( review ).
  • Introduction to the interpretation of historical sources, focus on antiquity. 2 volumes. Schöningh, Paderborn et al. 1997–1999;
  • Greek historiography. From the beginning to the end of Hellenism. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart et al. 1990, ISBN 3-17-010264-8 (In Italian. La storiografia greca. Dalle origini alla fine dell'Ellenismo (= Manuali Laterza. Vol. 32). Laterza, Rom et al. 1992, ISBN 88-420 -4061-4 ).
  • The unhistory of the Peace of Callias and its historical consequences (= Palingenesia. Vol. 18). Steiner, Wiesbaden 1982, ISBN 3-515-03673-3 .
  • Historical criticism in Polybius (= Manuali Laterza. Vol. 9). Steiner, Wiesbaden 1975, ISBN 3-515-02051-9 (Saarbrücken, University, habilitation paper, 1971).
  • The Greek Sicily. Ancient reports for today's traveler. Artemis, Zurich et al. 1969.
  • The Sicilian story with Diodorus from the beginnings to the death of Agathocles. Source research for books 4–21. Munich 1967 (Munich, University, PhD thesis of October 25, 1967).

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predecessor Office successor
Wolfgang Schuller Professor of Ancient History at the Pedagogical University Berlin
1977 - 1980
Dissolution of the PH Berlin