Manfred Landfester

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Manfred Landfester (born April 4, 1937 in Wuppertal ) is a German classical philologist .


Landfester studied classical philology, history, philosophy and education at the universities of Freiburg , Bonn and Tübingen from 1957 to 1964 . In 1963/1964 he passed the teaching exams at grammar schools in Tübingen for the subjects of Greek, Latin and history. In 1964 he received his doctorate in Tübingen with the dissertation The Greek noun 'philos' and its derivatives .

From 1964 to 1971 he was a research assistant at the Ruhr University in Bochum . He received the venia legendi for classical philology in 1970 through his habilitation in Bochum. There he worked from 1971 to 1980 as a university lecturer in various functions (lecturer, adjunct professor, professor). In 1980 he turned down a call to the University of Utrecht . From 1981 to 2002 he held a professorship for Classical Philology (Greek Philology) at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen . He has been retired since 2002. His successor is Peter von Möllendorff .


Landfester was a member of the Bochum Collaborative Research Center 119 “Knowledge and Society in the 19th Century” (1979–1984) and the Giessen Collaborative Research Center 434 “Cultures of Remembrance” (1997–2005). From 1993 to 1995 he was Vice President of the Justus Liebig University in Giessen. Since 1997 he has been one of the editors of the New Pauly , an encyclopedia of antiquity.

His main research interests include Greek tragedy and comedy, the Greek novel, ancient ethnography, Greek and Latin literary languages, and the history of reception and science in ancient times from the Renaissance to the present (including Johann Joachim Winckelmann , Wilhelm von Humboldt , Carl Jacob Burckhardt , Friedrich Nietzsche , Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff , Stefan George , Werner Jaeger ).


  • together with Hubert Cancik and Helmuth Schneider : Der Neue Pauly. Encyclopedia of Antiquity, special edition. WBG (Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft), Darmstadt 2015, ISBN 978-3-534-26764-4 (Classical antiquity and its reception history: 18 volumes, 1 register volume, including additional volume Historical Atlas of the Ancient World )


  • Thomas Hettche : You can only find the source if you live by the river. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, February 6, 2008, p. 40

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