Rheinisches Museum für Philologie

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Rheinisches Museum für Philologie

Area of ​​Expertise Classical Philology
publishing company JD Sauerländer's publishing house
First edition 1827
founder Barthold Georg Niebuhr , Ernst Bickel
Web link rhm.phil-fak.uni-koeln.de
ISSN (print)

The Rheinisches Museum für Philologie (RhM), re-established by Ernst Bickel in 1950, is the world's oldest specialist journal in the field of classical studies and is still in existence today.

History of the magazine

The magazine was originally founded in 1827 by Barthold Georg Niebuhr as the Rheinisches Museum for Philology, History and Greek Philosophy , initially in connection with the parallel Rheinisches Museum für Jurisprudenz ( JC Hasse ). But after just three issues, the magazine was discontinued in 1829. A second attempt at founding in 1832/33 under the shorter title Rheinisches Museum für Philologie was somewhat more successful. The magazine could appear for six years until 1838/39. The third foundation brought the final breakthrough. Since 1842 the magazine has appeared in a new series without interruption. Up to 1887 the magazine was published partly (without the characterization) as a (Rheinisches) Museum für Philologie .

The magazine was published by Eduard Weber at the Bonn publishing house until 1839; today it is published four times a year by JD Sauerländer's publishing house , Bad Orb. The Rheinische Museum is now at the Department of Classics at the University of Cologne settled. The editors are René Nünlist and Peter Schenk in conjunction with Bernd Manuwald , Carl Werner Müller , Markus Schauer , Stephan Schröder and Clemens Zintzen . Articles can appear in German , English , French , Italian and Latin . The contents are broad and can include the history and cultural history of classical antiquity , but are primarily limited to philological topics. In addition to the regular editions, supplements, special issues and registers appear.

Alongside Philologus (1846), Mnemosyne (Netherlands, 1852, today primarily with English-language articles), Hermes (1866), Wiener Studien (1879) and Gymnasium (1890), it is one of the most important and traditional journals in the field of Classical philology in German-speaking countries, making it one of the most internationally respected periodicals in the field.

The essays and mishaps of the Rheinisches Museum are available online in a database of the University of Cologne . The years 1827–1999 were digitized with a project funded by the German Research Foundation, the other years are made available with a moving wall of two years.


time Surname
Rheinisches Museum for Philology, History and Greek Philosophy (1827–1829)
1827 August Boeckh
1827-1829 Barthold Georg Niebuhr
Christian August Brandis
Rheinisches Museum für Philologie (1836–1839)
1833-1839 Friedrich Gottlieb Welcker
August Ferdinand Naeke
Rheinisches Museum für Philologie: New series (1842–1920, 1924–1944, since 1950)
1842-1869 Friedrich Gottlieb Welcker
1842-1876 Friedrich Ritschl
1850-1854 Jacob Bernays
1869-1876 Anton Klette
1876-1898 Otto Ribbeck
1877-1908 Franz Bücheler
1899-1905 Hermann Usener
1905-1920 August Brinkmann
1924-1934 Friedrich Marx
1935-1944 Ernst Bickel
Rheinisches Museum für Philologie (since 1950)
1950-1960 Ernst Bickel
1957-1984 Hans Herter
1985-1991 Carl Werner Muller
1991-1996 Carl Werner Müller in connection with Bernd Manuwald and Clemens Zintzen
since 1997 Bernd Manuwald in connection with Carl Werner Müller and Clemens Zintzen
since 2003 ... with Carl Werner Müller, Stephan Schröder and Clemens Zintzen
since 2013 René Nünlist and Peter Schenk in connection with Bernd Manuwald, Carl Werner Müller, Markus Schauer , Stephan Schröder and Clemens Zintzen

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