Werner Suerbaum

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Werner Suerbaum (born July 14, 1933 in Osnabrück ) is a German classical philologist .


Werner Suerbaum is a younger brother of the English scholar Ulrich Suerbaum and the uncle of his sons Sebastian Suerbaum and Joachim Suerbaum . Werner Suerbaum graduated from high school Carolinum Osnabrück in 1954 . After studying classical philology and history (1954-1959) in Münster, Würzburg and Munich, he received his doctorate in 1959 at the University of Muenster in Franz Beckmann and Herbert Grundmann Dr. phil. with the dissertation "From the ancient to the early medieval concept of the state" (1961, expanded ²1970, ³1977). From 1959 to 1965 he was a research assistant at the University of Würzburg , where he qualified as a professor in 1965 for classical philology. On December 31, 1965, he was appointed to the extraordinary chair for Latin Philology at the University of Munich , where he was appointed full chair in 1970. He was a board member in the collegial management of the Institute for Classical Philology at the LMU and from 1979–1981 dean of the Philosophical Faculty for Linguistics and Literature. In 2001 he retired.

Research priorities

Werner Suerbaum's main research areas are classical Latin literature and its reception. He has published more than 160 publications in this area. First and foremost, he devoted himself to Virgil's work and its reception in pictures and wrote two monographs (1981 and 1999) and many essays, as well as visually conceived and conceived the poster exhibition Virgil, shown in Munich, Bamberg, Heidelberg, Mainz and Klagenfurt in 1998 largely self-designed (5 supplements 1998). In cooperation with the Bavarian State Library in Munich, he developed the “Handbook of the Illustrated Virgil Editions 1502-1840” for approx. 4,000 illustrations (2008) and, since 2011, the commentary texts on 4 illustration cycles on the Aeneid from the 16./17. Century (complete edition 2014). This was recognized in 2015 by the award of the Premio internazionale VERGILIUS by the Accademia Nazionale Virgiliana in Mantua . In addition to Virgil, other research focuses include Tacitus (including 2015), archaic literature (including habilitation thesis 1968, handbook 2002), Cicero (including dissertation 1961), Horace (poster exhibition "Horaz - Disiecti membra poetae" plus 4 supplements 1993) and the pictorial Reception of Roman authors (Virgil, Horace, Caesar, Sallust, Tacitus). Werner Suerbaum has also compiled large annotated bibliographies (on Virgil 1980–81, Tacitus 1990, Cicero De re publica 1978, Ennius 2003, Cato 2004 and on most archaic Roman authors in 2002), most of which appeared as independent books.

Three anthologies (Festschriften) are dedicated to Werner Suerbaum: Ut poesis pictura 1–2, Bamberg 1993; Altera ratio . Classical Philology between Subjectivity and Science, Wiesbaden 2003; Vestigia Vergiliana , Berlin / New York 2010.

Fonts (selection)

  • From the ancient to the early medieval concept of the state. About the use and meaning of res publica, regnum, imperium and status from Cicero to Jordanis , Münster i. W. 1961 (Orbis antiquus 16/17), 21970, 31977 (Diss.)
  • Investigations into the self-portrayal of older Roman poets: Livius Andronicus - Naevius - Ennius , Hildesheim 1968 (Spudasmata 19) (habilitation thesis)
  • Virgil's Aeneid. Contributions to their reception in the present and history , Bamberg 1981 (Auxilia 3)
  • In the service of Klios and Calliope. Small writings , ed. by Christoph Leidl and Siegmar Döpp, Bamberg 1993
  • Virgil's Aeneid. Epic between past and present , Stuttgart 1999, bibliogr. added 2018 (Reclams Universal Library 17618)
  • Handbook of the Latin literature of antiquity , 1st volume: The archaic literature. From the beginning to Sulla's death. The pre-literary period and the period from 240 to 78 BC. , Munich 2002 (Handbook of Classical Studies VIII 1) (Ed., But also largely author)
  • Ennius in research in the 20th century. An annotated bibliography , Hildesheim 2003 (Bibliographies on Classical Philology 1)
  • Cato Censorius in 20th Century Research. An annotated bibliography , Hildesheim 2004, 312 p. (Bibliographies on Classical Philology 2)
  • Handbook of the illustrated Virgil editions 1502-1840. History, typology, cycles and annotated catalog of the woodcuts and copper engravings for the Aeneid in old prints with 2 DVDs, Hildesheim 2008 (Bibliographies for Classical Philology 3)
  • (together with Ulrich Wilke) Virgil's Aeneis in four cycles of book illustrations from the 16th and 17th centuries. The "Venetian Virgil" based on the Strasbourg edition of 1502. The "Londoner Virgil" from 1658. The "Augsburger Virgil" by JA Thelot (1655-1734). The "Nuremberg Virgil" from 1688 , Neukirchen 2014
  • Skepticism and suggestion. Tacitus as a historian and as a writer , Heidelberg 2015
  • The Aeneid as a refugee epic. The poet Virgil deals with political questions , antiquity and the occident 63, 2017,78-104
  • Kinship terms as a means of directing readers and political analysis in the annals of Tacitus . In: Würzburg Yearbooks for Classical Studies NF 42, 2018, 177–214
  • Virgil's epic as a drama . The genre transformation of the Inclita Aeneis in the Tragicocomoedia of Johannes Lucienberger, Frankfurt 1576. With a synoptic edition of both Latin texts and other materials in a digital supplementary volume, Tübingen (Narr) 2018 = NeoLatina 29


  • (with Friedrich Maier) Festschrift for Franz Egermann , Munich 1985 (also author)
  • (with Friedrich Maier) Et scholae et vitae. Humanistic contributions to the topicality of antiquity for Karl Bayer , Munich 1985 (also author)
  • Memories of Classical Philologists. Festgabe for Ernst Vogt , Bologna 1993 (Eikasmos 4) (also author)
  • Supplements to the Munich Horace exhibition Disiecti membra poetae , 1–4, Munich 1993 (mostly also author)
  • Supplement to the Munich Vergil exhibition 1998 Virgil visuell , 1–5 (mostly also author), Munich 1998
  • Handbook of Latin Literature in Antiquity , 1 (2002) (mostly also author; see above)
  • Tacitus, annals . German complete edition. Translated by August Horneffer. Edited and provided with a new introduction by Werner Suerbaum. Third, completely revised edition, Stuttgart (Kröner) 2018


  • Kürschner's German Scholars Calendar 2017 , 30th Edition (Print & Online). De Gruyter, Berlin / Boston. ISBN 978-3-11-045398-0 . (or earlier editions from around 1970)
  • Small writings , 1993 (see above); Pp. 458–464 (list of publications)
  • Vestigia Vergiliana. Virgil Reception in Modern Times , ed. by Thorsten Burkard u. a., Berlin / New York 2010, pp. 435–463 (list of publications)
  • Files and manuscripts by and about Werner Suerbaum in the archive of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (preliminary information on teaching and administration) and in the estate department of the Bavarian State Library in Munich (preliminary information on research, publications and biographies)
  • Andreas Patzer, From Hesiod to Thomas Mann. Thirteen treatises on the history of literature and philosophy , Tübingen 2018, 230–238 ( In laudem Werner Suerbaum )

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