Rudolf Hanslik

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Rudolf Hanslik (born May 15, 1907 in Vienna ; † June 29, 1982 ibid) was an Austrian classical philologist and professor of Late and Middle Latin .


Hanslik, son of an elementary school teacher, played the violin quite successfully in his youth; between 1923 and 1928 it appeared frequently. However, his studies at the University of Vienna soon switched from musicology to classical philology. In July 1929 he received his doctorate with Ludwig Radermacher with the dissertation Themis and Dike , in 1930 he passed the teaching examination for Latin and Greek. In the next few years he worked as a teacher at the grammar school and continued his research on the side; For example, he wrote numerous literary, prosopographical, mythological and geographical articles for Paulys Realencyclopadie der Classical Antiquities . Even during his military service in World War II (from 1940 to 1945) he published two research reports.

After the end of the war, Hanslik first taught at the Vienna Academic Gymnasium and also completed his habilitation in 1947 with Karl Mras with preliminary remarks on an edition of the writings of Cassiodorus . This edition appeared in the Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum (CSEL) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and established Hanslik's reputation as a Latinist. In 1951 he became associate professor of classical philology at the University of Vienna; a call to Graz as a full professor (1958) he refused. In 1959 Hanslik became a corresponding member (May 1962 actual member) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, in 1960 he was promoted to full professor at the instigation of the faculty. In the academic year 1968/69 he was the Dean of the Philological Faculty. In 1977, shortly before his retirement in the same year, his venia legendi was expanded to include Late and Middle Latin.

Rudolf Hanslik's first marriage was to his college friend and colleague Judith Andrée (1906–1951), with whom he had three children, and his second marriage to the doctor Hedwig Hanslik geb. Horak (* 1923), with whom he also had three children.


With his diverse, according to his own statement, always changing interests, Hanslik had no particular focus of his work and was active in many areas of his subject. In addition to the above-mentioned publication of the writings of Cassiodorus, his careful edition of the Regula Benedicti (1960) as part of the CSEL, which was published by Pope John XXIII. was awarded the New Year's Eve . The technically ultra-modern Augustinus Lexicon of the Austrian Academy of Sciences goes back to his efforts.


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