Paul Gerhard Schmidt

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Paul Gerhard Schmidt (* 25. March 1937 in Pieske in Frankfurt (Oder) ; † 25. September 2010 in Freiburg ) was a German medium-Latin philologist and professor of Latin Philology of the Middle Ages at the University of Freiburg .


Schmidt passed his Abitur in 1956 at the Evangelical High School in Berlin-Grunewald and studied Classical and Middle Latin Philology in Berlin and Göttingen . In July 1962 he was in Göttingen with the dissertation “Supplements of Latin prose in modern times. An overview of attempts to reconstruct Latin authors from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment ”, the first neo-Latin dissertation in Germany, received his doctorate and went to Rome for two years , where he obtained a diploma as Palaeographus et Archivarius Vaticanus after studying historical auxiliary sciences . In 1970 he completed his habilitation in Göttingen with a critical edition of Architrenius by Johannes de Hauvilla , which was published in 1974. In 1978 Schmidt was appointed to Marburg as a full professor . In 1989 he moved to Freiburg im Breisgau. He died on September 25, 2010 as a result of a heart attack and was buried in the Bergäcker cemetery in Freiburg- Littenweiler .

Schmidt was a full member of the Comité international de paléographie latine and the Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino, a corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen , the Scientific Society at the University of Frankfurt am Main and an external member of the Instituto Lombardo di Scienze e Lettere . He held visiting professorships in Oxford, Florence, Friborg (Wolfgang Stammler visiting professorship 1993–94), Siena, Tartu and Paris.

Schmidt dealt with palaeography and manuscript studies throughout his life. He was (co-) editor of the series “Dated Manuscripts in Libraries of the Federal Republic of Germany”, “Middle Latin Studies and Texts” and the journal “Itineraria. Letteratura di viaggio e conoscenza del mondo dall'Antichità al Rinascimento ”. Until the end of 1999 he was chairman of the subcommittee on manuscript cataloging of the German Research Foundation . Schmidt was a member of the advisory boards of the “Onderzoekschool Mediëvistiek” (Leiden / Groningen / Utrecht) and the Institute for European Cultural History (Augsburg).

During his career, Schmidt supervised 16 dissertations and three habilitation theses (by Udo Kühne , Thomas Haye and Elisabeth Stein ).


  • Andreas Bihrer and Elisabeth Stein (eds.): Nova de Veteribus. Middle and New Latin Studies for Paul Gerhard Schmidt , Munich and Leipzig: Saur 2004 ISBN 3-598-73015-2

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