August Wilhelm Zumpt

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

August Wilhelm Zumpt (December 4, 1815 – April 22, 1877, Berlin) was a German classical scholar, known chiefly in connection with Latin epigraphy. He was a nephew of philologist Karl Gottlob Zumpt.

Born in Königsberg, Zumpt studied at the University of Berlin (1832–36). From 1839 to 1851, he was a professor at Friedrich Werder Gymnasium (Berlin), afterwards working as a professor at Friedrich-Wilhelms-Gymnasium under the direction of Karl Ferdinand Ranke. He travelled extensively during his career; England (1845, 1860), Italy (1851, 1857, 1864), Greece, Egypt, Palestine and Asia Minor (1871–72).[1]

His papers on epigraphy (collected in "Commentationes epigraphicae", 2 vols., 1850, 1854) brought him into conflict with Theodor Mommsen in connexion with the preparation of the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum,[1] a scheme for which, drawn up by Mommsen, was approved in 1847.


  • Edition of Rutilius Claudius Namatianus, "De Reditu Suo Libri Duo" (1840).
  • "De Augustalibus et Seviris Augustalibus commentatio epigraphica" (1846).
  • "Caesaris Augusti index rerum a se gestarum sive monumentum Ancyranum" (with Johannes Franck, 1845).
  • "Augusti Wilhelmi Zumptii Commentationum epigraphicarum ad antiquitates Romanas pertinentium" (two voumes 1850, 1854).
  • Das Criminalrecht der römischen Republik (two volumes 1865, 1869).
  • Editions of Cicero; "Oratio pro L. Murena" (1859) and "Orationes Tres de lege agraria" (1861).
  • "De monumento Ancyrano supplendo commantatio" (1869).
  • Der Criminalprocess der römischen Republik (1871).[2][3]

Wilhelm Ihne incorporated materials left by him in the seventh and eighth volumes of his "Römische Geschichte".[4]