Walther Ludwig (classical philologist)

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Karl Rudolf Walther Ludwig (born February 9, 1929 in Stuttgart ) is a German classical and neo-Latin philologist.


After graduating from the Eberhard-Ludwigs-Gymnasium Stuttgart, Walther Ludwig studied classical philology , history and philosophy at the universities of Tübingen and Munich from 1948 . In 1955 he was charged with a gräzistischen work at the University of Tübingen Dr. phil. PhD. 1961 followed his habilitation at the University of Munich . From 1962 to 1963 he was a fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies at Harvard University . From 1964 to 1970 he taught as a professor at the University of Frankfurt am Main , where he was also director of the seminar for classical philology. From 1965-1970 he was editor and editor of the magazine Gnomon, a critical magazine for all classical studies . 1970-76 he was a professor at Columbia University in New York ( Chairman of the Department for Greek and Latin there ). Since 1976 he has been a professor at the University of Hamburg . In 1994 he retired. From 2000–03 he was ombudsperson at the University of Hamburg for the humanities and social sciences departments. He was visiting professor at Stanford University in Palo Alto (1966), at Columbia University in New York (1969), at the University of Tartu (2002), the University of Western Australia in Perth (2005) and the University of Warsaw (2007) inside. He was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (1970) and a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (1974).

Research priorities

Since his dissertation, Ludwig has dealt with Greek tragedy (especially of Euripides ) and comedy (with an emphasis on Menander ) as well as Hellenistic epigrammatics. He also deals with the Roman comedy of Plautus and Terence as well as the writings of Horace , Ovid and Prudentius under the aspects of edition and interpretation, structure and intertextuality. He also deals with modern Latin literature, research on humanism and the Renaissance, Latin in everyday life in the early modern period, Latin texts in the history of churches, art, medicine and universities, and Latin in contemporary society and the sciences. Another field of activity is the history of classical philology , especially during the National Socialist era. He also published studies on regional history in southern Germany and on genealogy.


Ludwig is a member of the Mommsen Society , of which he was first chairman from 1978-83, the International Association for Neo-Latin Studies (President 1988-91), the Fédération Internationale des Associations d'Études Classiques (Vice President 1989-94), des International committee of the Wolfenbüttel working group for Renaissance research, the Joachim Jungius Society of Sciences in Hamburg, the Academy of Sciences in Hamburg , the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen , the Academy of Non-Profit Sciences in Erfurt (co-chair of the Commission for Humanism Research ), the Braunschweig scientists Society and the Academia Europaea in London. He is also an honorary member of the Polish Philological Society.


Publications (selection)


  • Structure and unity of the metamorphoses of Ovid. W. de Gruyter, Berlin 1965.
  • The Borsias of Tito Strozzi. A Latin epic of the Renaissance. First published, introduced and commented on. Fink, Munich 1977, ISBN 3-7705-1385-1 .
  • Roman History in German Humanism - About a misunderstood Mainz print from 1505 and the allegedly first German history professor. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 1987, ISBN 3-525-86224-5 .
  • Ancient gods and Christian faith - the Hymni naturales from Marullo. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 1992, ISBN 3-525-86257-1 .
  • Hellas in Germany - depictions of Greek studies in German-speaking countries from the 16th and 17th centuries. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 1998, ISBN 3-525-86295-4 .
  • Father and son in the 16th century. The correspondence between Wolfgang Reichart called Rychardus and his son Zeno (1520–1543). Weidmann, Hildesheim 1999, ISBN 3-615-00205-9 .
  • The First World War in letters. 201 letters from the correspondence of Paul Ludwig in the years 1914–1918. DRW-Verlag, Leinfelden-Echterdingen 2002, ISBN 978-3-7995-5241-7 .
  • The register as part of humanistic culture: The album of Heinrich Carlhack Hermeling (1587–1592). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2006, ISBN 978-3-525-82546-4 .
  • Examples of interdenominational tolerance in the 16th – 18th centuries Century: Two humanistic family books and the Christian denominations. Olms, Hildesheim 2010, ISBN 978-3-487-14513-6 .
  • Studbooks from the 16th to the 18th Century: Continuity and Spread of Humanism. Olms, Hildesheim 2012, ISBN 978-3-487-14759-8 .

Selected essays

  • Litterae Neolatinae - writings on neo-Latin literature. Edited by Ludwig Braun a. a. Fink, Munich 1989, ISBN 3-7705-2582-5 .
  • Miscella Neolatina. Selected articles 1989–2003. Edited by Astrid Steiner-Weber. Olms, Hildesheim 2004-2005. Vol. 1: ISBN 3-487-12534-X ; Vol. 2: ISBN 3-487-12535-8 ; Vol. 3: ISBN 3-487-12536-6 .
  • Supplementa Neolatina. Selected articles 2003–2008. Edited by Astrid Steiner-Weber. Olms, Hildesheim 2008, ISBN 978-3-487-13897-8 .
  • Opuscula historico-philologica. Selected essays 2008-2013. Edited by Astrid Steiner-Weber. Olms, Hildesheim 2014, ISBN 978-3-487-15095-6 .
  • Florilegium Neolatinum. Selected essays 2014–2018. Edited by Astrid Steiner-Weber. Olms, Hildesheim 2019, ISBN 978-3-487-15752-8 .


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Ancestors of Paul Ludwig. Determined, compiled and edited with an afterword by Walther Ludwig (= German Family Archives. Vol. 116). Degener & Co., Neustadt an der Aisch 1994, ISBN 3-7686-5103-7 , p. 8.
  2. Erich Burck, Nikolaus Himmelmann-Wildschütz, Walter Marg, Hermann Strasburger. Responsible for the editorial department Walther Ludwig (Ed.): Gnomon. Critical journal for all of Classical Antiquity . tape 37 (1965) - 42 (1970) . CH Beck'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung Munich, Munich, p. Front pages .