Peter Riemer

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Peter Riemer (born March 20, 1955 in Rheydt , today in Mönchengladbach ) is a German classical philologist .


Riemer first completed a commercial apprenticeship and obtained his university entrance qualification on a second educational path. In addition to his studies and doctorate, he worked as a teacher at a free Waldorf school and as a Latin and Greek teacher at the VHS Düsseldorf. From 1979 to 1984 he studied Greek, Latin and philosophy at the University of Cologne . In 1988 he was with a thesis on the Euripides tragedy, Alcestis Dr. phil. PhD . In 1993 he completed his habilitation in Cologne with a thesis on Roman comedy ( Plautus ). In 1993/1994 he held the chair for Greek studies at the University of Rostock .

In 1995 Riemer went to the University of Potsdam as a professor of classical philology . From 1998 to 2000 he was Dean of the Philosophical Faculty I there. In April 2000 he was elected a member of the Academy of Charitable Sciences in Erfurt . On August 1, 2000, Riemer moved to Saarland University , where he has been active in teaching and research ever since. From 2002 to 2010 he was Dean of Studies there and from 2010 to 2014 Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy I. From 2014 to 2018 he was also Vice Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy. From 2011 to 2013 he was first chairman of the German Classical Philology Association in Saarland. From 2012 to 2017 he was the first chairman of the student union in Saarland. Together with Norbert Gutenberg , Maximilian Herberger and Stephan Weth , he founded the European Institute for Rhetoric at Saarland University in 2011.

Riemer's main research interests are ancient drama and epic poetry, rhetoric, and the Latin literature of the Renaissance. He is particularly concerned with Greek tragedy and Roman comedy , with Virgil's epic poetry and the writings of the Italian humanists.

Fonts (selection)

  • Alcestis of Euripides. Studies on the tragic form . Frankfurt am Main 1989 ( Contributions to Classical Philology 195; Dissertation, University of Cologne)
  • Sophocles, Antigone. Divine will and human freedom . Stuttgart 1991
  • with Ute Ecker and Clemens Zintzen : Coluccio Salutati: Index . Tübingen 1992 ( indexes on Latin literature of the Renaissance 1)
  • with Ute Ecker, Dorothee Gall and Clemens Zintzen: Cristoforo Landino: Index . Hildesheim 1998 ( indexes on Latin literature of the Renaissance 2)
  • The game in the game. Studies on the plautinic agon in "Trinummus" and "Rudens" . Stuttgart / Leipzig 1996 ( contributions to antiquity 75; habilitation thesis, University of Cologne)
  • with Christoph Kugelmeier and Clemens Zintzen: Marsilio Ficino: Index rerum . Hildesheim 2014 ( indexes on Latin literature of the Renaissance 3.2)
  • with Bernhard Zimmermann: The choir in ancient and modern drama . Stuttgart / Weimar 1998
  • with Michael Weißenberger and Bernhard Zimmermann : Introduction to studying Latin studies . Munich 1998. 3rd, revised and updated edition 2013
  • with Michael Weißenberger and Bernhard Zimmermann: Introduction to the study of Greek studies . Munich 2000

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