Konrad Schwenck

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Konrad Schwenck (born October 21, 1793 in Lich ; † February 14, 1864 in Frankfurt am Main ) was a German philologist . He wrote works on etymology and mythology and translated works from Latin into German .


Schwenk attended high school in Gießen and studied classical philology and German literature at the university there . After ten years as a private tutor, he went to the University of Bonn . As a friend of Ernst Moritz Arndt and Friedrich Gottlieb Welcker , he fell into the persecution of demagogues due to the Karlsbad resolutions and had to leave Prussia . In Frankfurt he got a job as a history teacher at the municipal grammar school , where he became vice-rector in 1829 and vice-rector in 1839. He turned down a later call to Bonn to succeed Johann Friedrich Ferdinand Delbrück . In 1853 he retired.


  • Own works
    • Etymological dictionary of the Latin language with comparison of the Greek and German. Frankfurt a. M., 1827
    • Dictionary of the German language in relation to ancestry and concept formation . 1st edition, Frankfurt 1838. 2nd edition: Frankfurt 1855.
    • The mythology of the Asian peoples, the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Teutons and Slavs . 4 volumes. Frankfuert 1843-1849.
      • The mythology of the Greeks for the educated and the student youth . Frankfurt 1843.
      • The mythology of the Romans for the educated and the student youth . Frankfurt 1845.
      • The mythology of the Egyptians for the educated and the student youth . Frankfurt 1846.
      • The mythology of the Semites for the educated and the student youth . Frankfurt 1849.
    • The seven tragedies of Sophocles . Frankfurt 1846.
    • Goethe’s works. Statements by Konrad Schwenck . Frankfurt 1847.
    • Literary characteristics and criticisms . Frankfurt 1847.
    • Schiller’s works [!]. Frankfurt 1850.
    • The symbols of the ancient peoples . Frankfurt 1851.


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