Rudolf Kassel

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Rudolf Kassel (born May 11, 1926 in Frankenthal ; † February 26, 2020 in Cologne ) was a German classical philologist .


After military service and captivity, he graduated from high school in 1947 at the Ludwigshafen high school. He studied at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and was there in 1951 when William Sweet to Dr. phil. PhD. In 1956 , Kassel completed his habilitation at the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg with studies on Greek and Roman consolation literature and was then appointed private lecturer at the University of Würzburg. In 1962 he was a Nellie Wallace Lecturer at Oxford University .

In 1963 he followed a call to full professor at the Free University of Berlin . During his time in Berlin, he turned down offers to Hamburg, Tübingen, Harvard and Bern. In 1975 he moved to the University of Cologne as a full professor to succeed Albrecht Dihle , where he also retired in 1991.

Rudolf Kassel died in February 2020 at the age of 93.


Kassel was a nestor of ancient studies at the University of Cologne. He was nationally and internationally known as an expert in papyrology , the customer of the restoration, deciphering, translating and commenting mostly millennia-old papyri, as well as epigraphy , a historical auxiliary science that deals with inscriptions on tombstones or columns.

His most famous work is the Poetae Comici Graeci collection ; his main work was the critical collection of all testimonies and fragments of the Greek comedians, which is already the most cited work in classical studies.

His students included Volkmar Schmidt , Otto Zwierlein , Heinz-Günther Nesselrath , Jürgen Hammerstaedt , Markus Stein , Stephan Schröder , Christoph Kugelmeier and Hermann Wankel .

honors and awards

Fonts (selection)

  • Quomodo quibus locis apud veteres scriptores Graecos infantes atque parvuli pueri inducantur describantur commemorentur . Mainz 1951 (dissertation)
  • Studies on Greek and Roman Consolation Literature . Munich 1958 (= Zetemata 18; habilitation thesis)
  • The text of the Aristotelian rhetoric. Prolegomena to a critical issue . Berlin / New York 1971 (= Peripatoi 3), ISBN 3-11-003740-8
  • Poetry and versification among the Greeks . Opladen 1981 (= Rheinisch-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Lectures G250), ISBN 3-531-07250-1
  • The delimitation of Hellenism in Greek literary history . Berlin / New York 1987, ISBN 3-11-011634-0
  • Heinz-Günther Nesselrath (editor), Rudolf Kassel: Small writings . Berlin / New York 1991, ISBN 3-11-012757-1


  • Aristotelis De Arte Poetica liber . Recognovit brevique adnotatione critica instruxit Rudolfus Kassel. Oxford 1965
  • Menander: Sicyonius . Edidit Rudolfus Kassel. Berlin 1965 ( Small texts for lectures and exercises 185) de Gruyter OA
  • Aristotelis ars rhetorica . Edidit Rudolfus Kassel. Berlin / New York 1976, ISBN 3-11-006680-7
  • with Colin Austin: Poetae Comici Graeci . 8 volumes, Berlin / New York 1983–2001


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Obituary notice Rudol Kassel , FAZ from March 7, 2020
  2. ^ Obituary by the Institute for Classical Studies at the University of Cologne
  3. a b c Ralf-Michael Weimar: “Great Cross of Merit for Professor Dr. Dr. hc Rudolf Kassel from Cologne " , Science Information Service, November 7, 2003, accessed on March 7, 2020