Norbert Wagner (Germanist)

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Norbert Wagner (born February 12, 1929 in Straubing , Bavaria ) is a German Germanic and Scandinavian Medievalist and name researcher. He is a retired university professor at the Institute for German Philology (older department) at the University of Würzburg . Wagner continues to research and publish in his specialist area of ​​Germanic philology and Germanic antiquity, but especially on onomastics and the Gothic language , literature and history.

After graduating from high school in 1947, he studied German philology under Ernst Schwarz as well as history and older English language and literature in Regensburg . In 1948 he moved to the University of Munich for four semesters , where he worked with Otto Basler, among others . In 1951 he passed the state examination and started a legal traineeship as a high school teacher in Bad Schwalbach. This was followed by a doctorate in Würzburg, which took place in 1955 under his academic teacher Franz Rolf Schröder with a thesis on the first chapters of the Völsunga saga . After completing his doctorate, he continued to study Indo-European studies with Manfred Mayrhofer and some courses in Indology and took up an assistant position as a research assistant in the Old German Studies department. Kurt Ruh , Schröder's successor, used Wagner's knowledge of the Old High German, Gothic and Nordic languages, and encouraged his stay in Würzburg. The habilitation took place in 1965 in Würzburg under Ruh with the work published in 1967 on Getica des Jordanes and the early history of the Goths . In Würzburg, Wagner took up a professorship in the technical successor to Schröder until his retirement in 1994.


  • Studies on the first chapters of the Volsunga saga (Chapters 2-8, 10-12), University of Würzburg 1955.
  • Getica. Studies on the life of the Jordanes and the early history of the Goths, de Gruyter, Berlin 1967.
  • Numerous contributions in specialist periodicals, especially in: Contributions to name research and historical linguistic research .


  • Kürschner's Scholars Calendar 2009 . KG Saur Verlag, Munich 2009

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