Richard Wagner (philologist)

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Richard Wagner (born May 29, 1860 in Kamenz , † February 7, 1937 in Dresden ) was a German classical philologist and high school teacher.


Richard Anton Wagner attended the Kreuzschule in Dresden from 1870 (under the director Friedrich Hultsch ) and studied classical philology in Leipzig and Berlin from 1879 to 1883 . From 1884 to 1886 he was a trial service at the Kreuzschule and was then permanently employed as a high school teacher. At Easter 1908 he switched to the Vitzthumsche Gymnasium in Dresden as rector . Michaelis in 1924 he retired.

In addition to his work in the school service, Wagner dealt with philological research. After his dissertation on inscribed epigrams, with which he received his doctorate in 1883 under Georg Curtius and Otto Ribbeck , Greco-Roman mythology and mythography formed his main field of work. In the Vatican Library he discovered an epitome of the library of Apollodorus des Pseudo - Apollodorus , which he published separately in 1891. In 1894 he delivered another critical edition of the library in the series Mythographi Graeci , the second edition of which appeared in 1926 and was reprinted several times. In addition, at the turn of the century he wrote numerous mythological articles for Roscher's Detailed Lexicon of Greek and Roman Mythology and Wissowa 's Realencyclopedia of Classical Antiquity .

After these special studies, Wagner wrote some popular writings on ancient Greek culture together with Franz Poland , Fritz Baumgarten and Ernst Reisinger .

Publications (selection)

  • with Fritz Baumgarten, Franz Poland: The Hellenistic-Roman culture. Teubner, Leipzig-Berlin 1913.
  • with Fritz Baumgarten, Franz Poland: The main features of ancient culture Teubner, Leipzig 1922, 2nd edition 1925.


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