Wolfgang Helbig

Wolfgang Helbig (* 2. February 1839 in Dresden; † 6. October 1915 in Rome) was a German classical archaeologist.


Helbig studied classical philology and archaeology from 1856 to 1861 at the Universities of Goettingen and Bonn, completed at the Joachimsthal High School in Berlin its Probejahr and went in the autumn 1862 as a scholarship holder of the German archaeological institute (DAI) to Rome.

After outlet of Heinrich the Brunn to Munich he was already appointed 1865 the second secretary of the institute. Larger journeys led it through completely Italy, to Greece and North Africa, to France and Russia. 1887 it separated from the service and lived in Rome as a private scholar, which was possible for it by the marriage with the Russian princess Nadejda Schakowskoy (1847-1922), and was active also as art dealers. Thus it obtained numerous works of art for the Ny Carl mountain Glyptotek in Copenhagen.

To Helbigs most important scientific activities belong its research to the Wandmalerei in Pompeji, but above all its leader by the public collections of classical Altertümer in Rome (1. Edition 1892; 2. Edition 1899), its 4. , completely newly worked on edition (1963-72) this very day under the Rufnamen of the Helbig a standard work is.


published writings except numerous essays and smaller writings:

  • Wall painting of the cities Kampaniens, Leipzig buried by the Vesuv 1868;
  • Investigations on the Campani Wandmalerei, Leipzig 1873;
  • The Italiker in the Po-level, Leipzig 1879;
  • The homerische Epos, from which monuments describes, Leipzig 1884. 2. Aufl. 1887


  • Mette Moltesen: Wolfgang Helbig: Brygger Jacobsens agent i Rome 1887-1914. Copenhagen 1987, ISBN 87-7452-065-2.
  • Pure hard Lullies: Wolfgang Helbig. In: Ders. (Hrsg.): Archaeologist portraits. Mainz 1988, S. 71-72, ISBN 3-8053-0971-6 (with picture and referring to further literature).
  • Hannes Lehmann: Wolfgang Helbig, 1839-1915. In: Roman reports 96 (1989) S. 7-86.


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