August Wilhelm Zumpt

August Wilhelm Zumpt (4 December 1815 – 22 April 1877 in Berlin) was a German classical scholar, known chiefly in connection with Latin epigraphy. He was a nephew of philologist Karl Gottlob Zumpt.

August Wilhelm Zumpt
Born(1815-12-04)4 December 1815
Died22 April 1877(1877-04-22) (aged 61)
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Berlin
InfluencesKarl Ferdinand Ranke
Academic work

Born in Königsberg, Zumpt studied at the University of Berlin (1832–36). From 1839 to 1851, he was a professor at Friedrich Werder Gymnasium (Berlin), afterwards working as a professor at Friedrich-Wilhelms-Gymnasium under the direction of Karl Ferdinand Ranke. He travelled extensively during his career; England (1845, 1860), Italy (1851, 1857, 1864), Greece, Egypt, Palestine and Asia Minor (1871–72).[1]

His papers on epigraphy (collected in "Commentationes epigraphicae", 2 vols., 1850, 1854) brought him into conflict with Theodor Mommsen in connexion with the preparation of the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum,[1] a scheme for which, drawn up by Mommsen, was approved in 1847.[2]


  • Edition of Rutilius Claudius Namatianus, "De Reditu Suo Libri Duo" (1840).
  • "De Augustalibus et Seviris Augustalibus commentatio epigraphica" (1846).
  • "Caesaris Augusti index rerum a se gestarum sive monumentum Ancyranum" (with Johannes Franck, 1845).
  • "Augusti Wilhelmi Zumptii Commentationum epigraphicarum ad antiquitates Romanas pertinentium" (two voumes 1850, 1854).
  • Das Criminalrecht der römischen Republik (two volumes 1865, 1869).
  • Editions of Cicero; "Oratio pro L. Murena" (1859) and "Orationes Tres de lege agraria" (1861).
  • "De monumento Ancyrano supplendo commantatio" (1869).
  • Der Criminalprocess der römischen Republik (1871).[3][4]

Wilhelm Ihne incorporated materials left by him in the seventh and eighth volumes of his "Römische Geschichte".[5]


  1. ^ a b Biography of August Wilhelm Zumpt in ADB: Zumpt, Gottlob @ Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie
  2. ^   One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Zumpt". Encyclopædia Britannica. 28 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 1056.
  3. ^ Google Search list of published works.
  4. ^ Google Books De Reditu Suo Libri Duo
  5. ^ Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon Wilhelm Ihne