Kurt Latte

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Kurt Latte (born March 9, 1891 in Königsberg i. Pr. , † June 18, 1964 in Tutzing ) was a German classical philologist.


Kurt Latte studied classical philology at the Albertus University in Königsberg , the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and the Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität zu Berlin . With Ludwig Deubner , he wrote his doctoral thesis on cultic dances in ancient Greece. In 1913 he was promoted to Dr. phil. PhD. He then began editing the dictionary of Hesychios of Alexandria . After taking part in the First World War, Latte was an assistant at the Institute for Classical Studies at the University of Münster from 1920-1923 . There he completed his habilitation in 1920 with a thesis on Greek and customary and sacred law in ancient Rome . During this time he introduced the concept of the ethics of success in the context of ancient ethics. As the successor to Johannes Mewaldt , he took up the chair at the Prussian University of Greifswald in 1923 . In 1926 he moved to the University of Basel as the successor to Günther Jachmann . At the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen he followed Eduard Fraenkel as full professor in 1931 . Due to his classification as a Jew by the National Socialists, he was forced to retire on April 1, 1936. In 1937 Latte returned to Germany from a visiting professorship at the University of Chicago . He survived the National Socialist rule in Hamburg (supported by Bruno Snell ), Düsseldorf (Am Ellerforst 24) and Osterode am Harz , where his former Greifswald colleague Konrat Ziegler had invited him, who hid him temporarily. In 1945 he was able to take over his Göttingen chair again. At the same time he prevented Ziegler's appointment. After his retirement in 1957 he moved to Tutzing and held seminars on Greek law at the University of Munich until his death. Scientifically, Latte dealt primarily with the publication of the Hesych and the ancient history of religion.



  • Holy right. Research on the history of sacred legal forms in Greece . Mohr, Tübingen 1920; Reprint: Scientia, Aalen 1964.
  • Hesychii Alexandrini Lexicon , Vol. 1 and 2, Munksgaard, Hauniae (= Copenhagen) 1953 and 1966.
  • as a new editor: Roman religious history . ( Handbook of Classical Studies , Section 5: History of Philosophy, History of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, History of Religion , Part 4), Beck, Munich 1960, reprint 1976, ISBN 3-406-01374-0 .
  • Small writings on religion, law, literature and language of the Greeks and Romans . Beck, Munich 1968, DNB 457365242 .
  • Carl Joachim Classen (Ed.): Kurt Latte: Opuscula inedita. Together with lectures and reports from a conference on the fortieth anniversary of Kurt Latte's death (= contributions to antiquity , volume 219). Saur, Munich 2005, ISBN 3-598-77831-7 .

Latte's father

Latte's father was the Königsberg doctor Isaak Latte, who had become a member of the Corps Masovia as a medical student and retired as an old man. In 1876 ​​it was of historical importance for the development of the corps and the Königsberg Senior Citizens' Convention .


  • Carl Joachim Classen: Kurt Latte. Professor of Classical Philology 1931–1935; 1945–1957 , in: Classical Classical Studies at the Georg-August University in Göttingen. A lecture series on their history . Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 1989 (Göttinger Universitätsschriften, Series A, Schriften, 14) pp. 197–233, ISBN 3-525-35845-8 (with photo).
  • Heinrich DörrieLatte, Kurt. In: New German Biography (NDB). Volume 13, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1982, ISBN 3-428-00194-X , p. 685 f. ( Digitized version ).
  • Wolfgang Kunkel : In memoriam Kurt Latte . Journal of the Savigny Foundation for Legal History. Romance Studies Department 82 (1965), pp. 486-490.
  • Rudolf Stark : Kurt Latte † . In: Gnomon , Volume 37 (1965), pp. 215-219.
  • Cornelia Wegeler: "... we say from the international scholarly republic". Classical Studies and National Socialism. The Göttingen Institute for Classical Studies 1921–1962 . Böhlau, Vienna 1996, ISBN 3-205-05212-9 , esp. Pp. 112-114, 172-180, 263-267.
  • Hans Gärtner : “To defy all violence!” Unpublished letters from Kurt Latte from 1943–1946 . Göttingen Forum for Classical Studies , Vol. 5 (2002), pp. 185–219 ( PDF ).
  • Latte, Kurt . In: Lexicon of Greifswalder University Lecturers 1775 to 2006 . Vol. 3: Lexicon of Greifswald University Lecturers 1907 to 1932 . Bock, Bad Honnef 2004, ISBN 3-87066-931-4 , pp. 132-133.
  • Dietmar Schmitz: Latte, Kurt. 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. 704 f.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Dissertation: De saltationibus Graecorum capita quinque .
  2. Habilitation thesis: Holy Law: Investigations on the history of sacred legal forms in Greece .
  3. Cornelia Wegeler: "... we say from the international scholarly republic". Classical Studies and National Socialism. The Göttingen Institute for Classical Studies 1921–1962 . Böhlau, Vienna 1996, p. 174.
  4. ^ Deceased Fellows. British Academy, accessed June 26, 2020 .