Wolfgang Dieter Lebek

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Wolfgang Dieter Lebek at the conference “The future of knowledge storage” 2015 at the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences in Düsseldorf.

Wolfgang Dieter Lebek (born March 29, 1938 in Bad Reinerz ) is a German classical philologist .

Wolfgang Dieter Lebek studied Classical Philology at the University of Cologne , where he received his doctorate on June 13, 1969 with the dissertation on the rhetorical theory of archaism . His dissertation was published in an expanded form in 1970 under the title Verba prisca: The beginnings of archaizing in Latin eloquence and historiography ( Hypomnemata 25). After his habilitation, he was appointed adjunct professor in 1971. 1972/1973 he was a fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies at Harvard University . His habilitation thesis was published in 1976 under the title Lucan's Pharsalia: Dichtungsstruktur und Zeitrechte ( Hypomnemata 44).

After one semester as Maître de conference associé at the University of Clermont-Ferrand , he went to the University of California, Los Angeles as a visiting professor for two years in 1976 . In 1979 he accepted a professorship for Classical Philology at the University of Augsburg . In 1984 he moved to Cologne, where he retired in 2003. Lebek has been a full member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences since 1986 and a member of the Academia Europaea since 2000 .

In 2001/2002 Lebek carried out a study on students at the University of Cologne, with which he proved that holders of a Latinum have a higher level of reading skills for demanding texts than other students.


  • Kürschner's German Scholars Calendar , Edition 2001, Volume 2, p. 1839.

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  1. ^ Wolfgang Dieter Lebek: The Latinum and the quality of German university students. Brief report on a statistical study. In: Forum Classicum 2/2004, pp. 108–113 online version (PDF; 5.7 MB)