He studied classical philology and Indo-European studies at the Universities of Heidelberg and Breslau, where he was a student of Georg Wissowa (1859-1931). In 1888 he earned his doctorate at the University of Bonn, later obtaining his habilitation at Breslau in 1890. In 1896 he became a full professor at the University of Breslau and the successor to Friedrich Marx (1859-1941).
Skutsch is remembered for his expert linguistic/philological treatment of the Roman playwright Plautus, being the author of the acclaimed "Plautinisches und Romanisches" (1892). With linguist Paul Kretschmer (1866-1956) he was co-founder of the journal Glotta.
Selected written works
- Plautinisches und Romanisches. Forschungen zur lateinischen Grammatik und Metrik (Plautine and Romanesque; Research on Latin grammar and metrics), volume 1, 1892.
- Aus Vergils Frühzeit (From the early days of Virgil), 1901.
- Gallus und Vergil (Cornelius Gallus and Virgil), 1906.
- Kleine Schriften (Smaller works; edited by Wilhelm Kroll), 1914.
- This article is based on a translation of an equivalent article at the German Wikipedia, sources including "Skutsch, Franz" @ NDB/ADB Deutsche Biographie.
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