Boeckh, August

PHILOLOGIST, HISTORIAN (GERMANY)
BORN 24 Nov 1785, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg - DIED 9 May 1867, Berlin
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Dorotheenstädtischen Friedhof, Chausseestrasse (COZ-1-1 (Ehrengrab))

August Boeckh was the son of the civil servant Georg Matthäus Boeckh. His uncle was the theologist Christian Gottfried Boeckh. He studied theology in Halle, but under influence of the philologist Friedrich August Wolf he switched to philology. Another teacher in Halle was Friedrich Schleiermacher. In 1807 he was promoted and in the same year he became an associate professor in Heidelberg. After turning down an offer from the University of Königsberg in 1809 he became a full professor. Also in 1809 he married Dorothea Wagemann (1790-1829). After her death he married Anna Louisa Taube (1790-1864) in 1830.

In 1810 he was offered a professorship in eloquence and classical literature in Berlin and when in 1811 he started at the newly founded university. He lectured in Berlin for 120 semesters and was five times rector of the university. In 1817 he published "Die Staatshaushaltung der Athener" and in 1838 "Metrologische Untersuchungen über Gewichte, Münzfüsse und Masse des Alterthums in ihrem Zusammenhange". Among his students were Johann Gustav Droysen and Heinrich Barth, who was promoted under Boeckh in 1843. He was a member of many scientifical academies. In 1867 he died in Berlin.

Related persons
• was pupil to Schleiermacher, Friedrich Daniel Ernst

Images

The grave of August Boeckh at the Dorotheenstädtischen Friedhof, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (16 Aug 2010)

 

Sources
Berlin Dorotheenstädtischen Friedhof, Berlin
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August Boeckh – Wikipedia


Böhm, Karl

Published: 09 Feb 2020
Last update: 09 Feb 2020