Wilhelm Kubitschek

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Wilhelm Kubitschek (born June 28, 1858 in Preßburg , † October 2, 1936 in Vienna ) was an Austrian ancient historian , classical archaeologist and numismatist .


Kubitschek passed his Matura at the Academic Gymnasium in Vienna in 1875 and then studied the subjects of Classical Archeology, Ancient History , Classical Philology and Epigraphy at the newly founded Seminar for Archeology and Epigraphy at the University of Vienna . His academic teachers included Otto Benndorf and Otto Hirschfeld . He passed the teaching exams in 1879 and received his doctorate in 1881 . He then stayed for one semester at the Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Berlin with Theodor Mommsen and then worked as a high school teacher in Oberhollabrunn and Vienna until 1896. During these years he traveled to Italy on a scholarship in 1883/84 and to Asia Minor in 1893.

After his habilitation in 1887 (in the subject of ancient history), nine years passed before he was appointed to the chair of ancient history at the University of Graz in 1896 . A year later he moved to Vienna as custodian of the imperial coin cabinet in the Kunsthistorisches Museum and, in addition to this activity, held a teaching position for Roman antiquity, epigraphy and numismatics at the University of Vienna. In 1903 Kubitschek was appointed head of the Central Commission for Research and Preservation of Art and Historical Monuments and took over the editing of its yearbook and newsletters. In the next year he was appointed general curator of ancient monuments in Austria. His teaching position was converted into an extraordinary professorship in 1905. From 1910 to 1916 he was director of the imperial coin and medal collection. After Eugen Bormann retired in 1916, Kubitschek was given the chair of ancient history as his successor. He retired in 1929.


Kubitschek is buried in the Vienna Central Cemetery .


Kubitschek has dealt with the Roman tribes since his dissertation and wrote the work Imperium Romanum tributim discriptum (Prague 1889) , which is fundamental for this research area . On his travels he collected and edited numerous inscriptions. In addition, he dealt with the sites of the eastern Mediterranean and the ancient chronology: He wrote the outline of the ancient chronology in the handbook of classical studies . Kubitschek was also an outstanding numismatist and made important contributions to the study of Roman Vienna.

Kubitschek had been a corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences in Vienna since 1904 and a full member since 1918 . He received the Archer M. Huntington Medal from the American Numismatic Society in 1934 .


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