Wolfram Ax

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Wolfram Ax (undated)

Wolfram Ax (born December 9, 1944 in Falkensee near Berlin ; † July 18, 2020 ) was a German classical philologist .


After graduating from high school (1964 in Hildesheim ), he began studying classical philology and German at the universities of Münster , Bonn and Göttingen in 1964 , which he completed in 1970 in Göttingen with the first state examination. After completing his doctorate in 1974, he qualified as a professor in 1983 and received a C2 professorship for Classical Philology in Göttingen in 1984. In 1989 he was a visiting scholar at the University of Berkeley . In 1992 he was offered the position of C3 professor at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg , but turned it down. In 1993 he accepted a professorship for Latin Studies (C4) at the University of Düsseldorf . In 1996 he took over the chair for Latin studies (C4) at the University of Cologne as the successor to Clemens Zintzen . In 2008/2009 he received the Opus Magnum grant from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation . In spring 2010 he retired.

Ax dealt with ancient grammar, rhetoric and philosophy of language, with the linguistics of Latin, with style theory, parody, the poetry of the Roman Empire , as well as with the grammar and style of the Renaissance (especially of Lorenzo Valla ), with Marcus Terentius Varro and Aelius Donatus as well as with antique comics.

Ax received the Trier Ausonius Prize in 2016 for his scientific oeuvre .

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Obituary notice , in: Göttinger Tageblatt of July 25, 2020.
  2. http://www.kakanien.ac.at/weblogs/jobs/2009/10/w3-professur+altertumskunde+koeln/ , accessed on January 11, 2010.
  3. Wolfram Ax receives the Ausonius Prize