Wolfgang Schadewaldt

Wolfgang Schadewaldt (* 15. March 1900 in Berlin; † 10. November 1974 in Tübingen) is considered as one the most important German Altphilologen 20. Century, considerably in addition as literature scientists, author and translators.

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the son of a physician studied classical philology, archaeology and Germanistik in its hometown Berlin with Ulrich of Wilamowitz Moellendorff and Werner hunter. To graduation (1924) and Habilitation (1927) into Berlin it went 1928 as a professor to king mountain, 1930 to Freiburg. In Freiburg 1933 also the support took place to the national socialism (its opponent it first was), promoted from Martin Heidegger. Professuren in Leipzig ( 1934) followed and finally starting from 1941 again Berlin. After the war it remained first in Berlin, however 1950 changed to the University of Tübingen, where he taught still over his retirement 1968 outside until 1972.


Schadewaldt busy itself scientifically with widespread topics of the Greek literature, above all the tragedy and Homer. Remarkable are above all its translations of the Ilias and the odyssey, which the first serious attempts of pro clean setting Homers in German language represent. Its translations of Greek tragedies were used with numerous performances. Besides Schadewaldt examined also the Rezeption of the antique literature with modern writers.


scientific writings

  • Iliasstudien (1938, 2. Aufl. 1943, 3. Aufl. 1966)
  • The home coming of the Odysseus (1946)
  • legend of Homer the driving singer (1942, 1959)
  • Sophokles and the wrong (1948)
  • Sappho. Existence in the love (1950)
  • Greek star legends (1956)
  • Hellas and Hesperien. Collected writings to the antique one and to the newer literature (1960)
  • Goethe studies. Nature and antiquity (1963)
  • the Greek historiography (Tübinger lectures)
  • the earlyGreek lyric poetry (Tübinger lectures)
  • beginnings of philosophy with the Greeks (Tübinger lectures)
 the Greek tragedy (Tübinger lectures)

translations (selection)

  • Carmina Burana (1953)
  • Homers odyssey in Prosa (1957)
  • Thukydides, pleasure speech of the Perikles
  • Greek theatre. Translation of dramas (1964)
  • Sophokles, king Ödipus (1973, 1975)
  • Sophokles, Antigone (1974)
  • tragedies of Aischylos, Sophokles, Euripides
  • comedies of Aristophanes and Menander
  • Homer, Ilias. Wolfgang Schadewaldts new transmission (postum 1975)


  • light courage Flashar: Schadewaldt, Wolfgang. In: New German biography. Bd. 22. Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2005. S. 495-496, ISBN 3-428-11203-2
  • Thomas Alexander Szlezák (Hrsg.): Wolfgang Schadewaldt and the Gräzistik 20. Century. Olms, Hildesheim [and. A.] 2005 (Spudasmata, Bd. 100), ISBN 3-487-12815-2

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