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Bruno Snell

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Nationality  German
Fields  Classics
Notable students  Joachim Latacz
Name  Bruno Snell

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Born  18 June 1896 Hildesheim, Germany (1896-06-18)
Alma mater  University of Gottingen
Died  October 31, 1986, Hamburg, Germany
Books  The discovery of the mind, Griechische Metrik
Similar People  Bacchylides, Joachim Latacz, Heraclitus, Plutarch, Plato

Academic advisors  Hermann Frankel
Education  University of Gottingen
Institutions  University of Hamburg

Bruno Snell (18 June 1896 – 31 October 1986) was a German classical philologist. From 1931 to 1959 he held a chair for classical philology at the University of Hamburg where he established the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae research centre in 1944.

Bruno Snell Klappentexter Gesprch mit Bruno Snell ber den griechischen Geist

After studying law and economics at University of Edinburgh and University of Oxford, Snell gained interest in classical studies and finally changed his major to classical philology. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Göttingen in 1922.

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Snell served as the inaugural president of the Mommsen Society from 1950–1954. In 1953, the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg, an institution promoting research and postgraduate education in the field of European integration, was founded on Snell's initiative. Since 1989, the Mommsen Society awards the Bruno Snell Prize to young classical scholars.

Bruno Snell Gymnasium Johanneum Lneburg

His book, The Discovery of the Mind: The Greek Origins of European Thought (Die Entdeckung des Geistes, Hamburg, 1946, trans. T.G. Rosenmeyer, 1953) argues that the development of Greek literature from Homer to Aristophanes and Plato shows a gradual discovery of the inner mental life, a developing understanding that humans have a unique and individual inner world of thought.

Bruno Snell The Discovery of the Mind The Greek Origins of European Thought

Decorations and awards


Snell was a member of the Academies of Sciences of Göttingen, Munich, Vienna, Copenhagen, the German Academy for Language and Literature as well as of PEN International.

  • 1976 Austrian Medal for Science and Art
  • 1977 Pour le Mérite for Arts and Sciences
  • References

    Bruno Snell Wikipedia

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