Friedrich Wilhelm Schneidewin

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Friedrich Wilhelm Schneidewin.

Friedrich Wilhelm Schneidewin (6 June 1810 – 11 January 1856), was a German classical scholar.


He was born at Helmstedt. In 1833 he became a teacher at the Brunswick gymnasium. In 1837 he was appointed extraordinary, and in 1842 ordinary, professor of classical languages and literature at the University of Göttingen, where he died.


Schneidewin's work on Sophocles and the Greek lyric poets is of permanent value. His most important publications are:

  • Ibyci Rhegini reliquiae (1833), severely criticized by G. Hermann; Simonidis Cei reliquiae (1835)
  • Delectus poesis Graecorum elegiacae, iambicae, melicae (1838-1839), in which the fragments of the lyric poets were for the first time published in a convenient form
  • Paroemiographi graeci (1839, with E. von Leutsch)
  • Sophocles (1849-1854, revised after his death by A. Nauck).

He also edited the fragments of the speeches of Hypereides on behalf of Euxenippus and Lycophron (already published by Churchill Babington from a papyrus discovered in Thebes, Egypt, in 1847) and a Latin poem on rhetorical figures by an unknown author (Incerti auctoris de figuris vel schematibus versus heroici, 1841), found by Jules Quicherat in manuscript in the Paris library. Schneidewin was also the founder of Philologus (1846), a journal devoted to classical learning, and dedicated to the memory of K. O. Müller.



Further reading[edit]

  • John Edwin Sandys, A History of Classical Scholarship, volume iii (Cambridge, 1908)