Dindorf was born in 1802 as the eldest son of the linguist and theologian Gottlieb Immanuel Dindorf (1755-1812) in Leipzig. From 1810 to 1817 he attended the Thomas School in Leipzig and the monastery school in Donndorf . He then studied Classical Philology at the University of Leipzig until 1828 . Christian Daniel Beck (1757–1832) gave him several jobs. In 1827 he was appointed curator of the Royal Prussian Library in Berlin for a year . In 1828 he returned to Leipzig and was there Dr. phil. and PhD .
From 1828 to 1833 Dindorf was an associate professor for the history of literature at the Philosophical Faculty of Leipzig University. When his hopes were dashed to take over the chair of Greek and Latin literature as Christian Daniel Beck's successor, he resigned from this post. He then worked as a writer and private scholar . He published numerous editions of ancient Greek texts, which often had multiple editions and some were reprinted in the 20th century. In 1846 Dindorf was elected a corresponding member of the Prussian Academy of Sciences . He died in Leipzig in 1883.
Dindorf's younger brother Ludwig (1805–1871) was also a well-known philologist.
Scientific work (selection)
- Pax , Leipzig (Weidmann) 1820
- Equites et Aves , Leipzig (Weidmann) 1821
- Euripides ' Heraclidae and Sophocles' Oedipus Coloneus , Leipzig (Hartmann) 1821
- Euripides ' Hippolytus and Aristophanes' Bacchae , Leipzig (Hartmann) 1822
- Plato's Symposion Leipzig (Cnobloch) 1823
- The Greek Scholien zu Aristophanes, Leipzig (Weidmann) 1823
- Ranae , Leipzig (Weidmann) 1824
- Homer (2 volumes), Leipzig (Teubner) 1824
- Aristophanes (2 volumes), Leipzig (Teubner) 1825
- Sophocles, Isokrates and Demosthenes in 3 volumes, Leipzig (Teubner) 1825 (³1874).
- Homer (5 volumes), Leipzig (Weidmann 1825)
- Joannis Alexandrini τονιϰὰ παραγγέλματα et Aelii Hadriani περὶ σχημάτων , Leipzig (Weidmann) 1825
- Stephanus Byzantius (4 volumes), Leipzig (Weigel) 1825
- Isokrates' Panegyrikus et Horatius ex recensione Bentleii (2 volumes), Leipzig 1826
- Athenaeus (3 volumes), Leipzig 1827
- Aeschyli Agamemnon ex rec. Porsoni passim reficta , Leipzig 1827
- Collaborator on Stephen's Thesaurus Linguae graecae in 9 volumes (Paris 1831–63)
- Wilhelm Haan : Wilhelm Dindorf . In: Saxon Writer's Lexicon . Robert Schaefer's Verlag, Leipzig 1875, pp. 51–52.
- Georg Müller: Dindorf, Wilhelm . In: Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB). Volume 47, Duncker & Humblot, Leipzig 1903, pp. 705-707.
- Manfred Landfester : Dindorf, Karl Wilhelm. In: Peter Kuhlmann , Helmuth Schneider (Hrsg.): History of the ancient sciences. Biographical Lexicon (= The New Pauly . Supplements. Volume 6). Metzler, Stuttgart / Weimar 2012, ISBN 978-3-476-02033-8 , Sp. 307-309.
- Literature by and about Wilhelm Dindorf in the catalog of the German National Library
- Works by and about Wilhelm Dindorf in the German Digital Library
- Wilhelm Dindorf in the professorial catalog of the University of Leipzig
- Members of the previous academies. Wilhelm Dindorf. Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences , accessed on March 15, 2015 .
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Dindorf, Karl Wilhelm (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German philologist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||January 2, 1802|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Leipzig|
|DATE OF DEATH||August 1, 1883|
|Place of death||Leipzig|