Ulrich Wilcken

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Wilcken, Ulrich


Born Dec. 18, 1862, in Stettin: died Dec. 10, 1944, in Baden-Baden. German historian of antiquity; one of the founders of Greek papyrology; professor (1889).

Wilcken published, translated, classified, and studied Greek papyruses, potsherds, and ostraca. Using them as a basis, he did a number of studies on the history and the socioeconomic, political, and cultural life of Greece, Rome, Byzantium, and Arabic Egypt. Wilcken modernized the study of ancient history and was the founder of the scholarly journal Archiv fiir Papyrusforschung.


Griechische Ostraka aus Aegypten und Nubien, vols. 1-2. Leipzig-Berlin, 1899.
Grundzuge und Chrestomathie der Papyruskunde, vols. 1-2. Leipzig-Berlin, 1912. (Legal part written jointly with L. Mitteis.)
Urkunden der Ptolemderzeit, vols. 1-2. Berlin, Leipzig, 1922-37.
Alexander der Grosse. Leipzig, 1931.
Griechische Geschichte im Rahmen der Alterturnsgeschichte, 8th ed. Berlin, 1958.
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(Amitay's bibliographical citations are sometimes erratic: Eugene Borza edited and annotated, but did not translate, Ulrich Wilcken's Alexander the Great [New York: Norton, 1967]; George Chatterton Richards published his translation of Wilcken in 1932.) Amitay seems hesitant, however, to apply the critical findings of modern scholars.
For example, Campbell is clearly misinformed in thinking that Ulrich Wilckens is a Catholic (cf.