Rüdiger Schmitt (Indo-Europeanist)

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Rüdiger Hans Schmitt (born June 1, 1939 in Würzburg ) is a German Iranist and Indo-Europeanist .

Schmitt went to school in Würzburg and Tegernsee and studied from 1958 at the University of Würzburg , at the University of Saarland with Manfred Mayrhofer and at the University of Erlangen with Karl Hoffmann, the subjects of Indo-European Linguistics , Indo-Iranian Studies and Classical Philology . In 1965 he received his doctorate summa cum laude with a thesis on " Studies on Indo-European Poetry " in Saarbrücken. The habilitation also took place in Saarbrücken in 1969 with a thesis on Indo-European studies under the title " The formation of nominal values ​​in the poems of Callimachus of Cyrene ". After working as a research assistant and assistant at the Saarbrücken Institute for Comparative Indo-European Linguistics and Indo-Iranian Studies, Schmitt first became a Scientific Counselor and Professor there in 1972 and, from 1979 until his retirement in 2004, was a full professor for Indo-European and Iranian Studies.


Publications (selection)


  • Poetry and poetry in the Indo-European period. Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden 1967. (extended dissertation)
  • The formation of nominal in the poems of Callimachus of Cyrene. A contribution to the position of his vocabulary within Greek. Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden 1970. (Habilitation thesis)
  • Indo-European poetry and naming. (= Innsbruck contributions to linguistics , 10) Innsbruck 1973.
  • Introduction to the Greek dialects. WBG, Darmstadt 1977. (2nd unchanged edition 1991; special edition 2011)
  • Classical Armenian grammar with linguistic explanations. (= Innsbruck Contributions to Linguistics , 32) Innsbruck 1981. (2nd fully worked out edition 2007)
  • Iranian names in the Indo-European languages ​​of Asia Minor. Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna 1982.
  • Contributions to ancient Persian inscriptions. Reichert, Wiesbaden 1999.
  • The Iranian languages ​​past and present. Reichert, Wiesbaden 2000.
  • The Iranian name book: review, preview, review. Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna 2006.
  • The ancient Persian inscriptions of the Achaemenids. Editio minor with German translation. Reichert, Wiesbaden 2009.
  • Manfred Mayrhofer: Life and Work. Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna 2012.
  • Dictionary of ancient Persian royal inscriptions. Reichert, Wiesbaden 2014.


  • Indo-European poet language. (= Paths of Research 165) WBG, Darmstadt 1968.
  • Antiquitates Indogermanicae. Studies on Indo-European antiquity and on the language and cultural history of the Indo-European peoples. Commemorative publication for Hermann Güntert on the 25th anniversary of his death on April 23, 1973. (= Innsbruck Contributions to Linguistics , 12) With Manfred Mayrhofer, Wolfgang Meid, Bernfried Schlerath, Innsbruck 1974.
  • Etymology. (= Paths of Research 373) WBG, Darmstadt 1977.
  • Manfred Mayrhofer. Selected smaller fonts. Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna 1979–1996.
    • Vol. 1. Selected small writings. with Sigrid Deger-Jalkotzy 1979.
    • Vol. 2. Festgabe for Manfred Mayrhofer on his 70th birthday. 1996.
  • Compendium Linguarum Iranicarum. Reichert, Wiesbaden 1989.
  • Iranian personal name book. With Philippe Gignoux, Manfred Mayrhofer u. a., continuous work in several volumes, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna 1977–2013.
  • with Gerhard Brugmann : From Karl Brugmanns Jugenderinnerungen (= publications on Iranian Studies . No. 49). Publishing house of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna 2009, ISBN 978-3-7001-6542-2 .


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