Franz Bücheler

Franz Bücheler (3 June 1837 – 3 May 1908) was a German classical scholar, was born in Rheinberg, and educated at Bonn, where he was a student of Friedrich Ritschl (1806–1876).

Franz Bücheler
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Born(1837-06-03)3 June 1837
Died3 May 1908(1908-05-03) (aged 70)
NationalityGerman Empire
Alma materUniversity of Bonn
Scientific career
FieldsClassical studies
InstitutionsUniversity of Freiburg
University of Greifswald
University of Bonn
Academic advisorsFriedrich Ritschl
Notable studentsHermann Fränkel
Friedrich Leo


In 1856 Bücheler graduated from the University of Bonn with a dissertation on linguistic studies of the Emperor Claudius. He held professorships successively at Freiburg (associate professor in 1858, full professor in 1862), Greifswald (from 1866), and Bonn (1870 to 1906).[1] At Bonn, he worked closely with Hermann Usener (1834–1905).

Both as a teacher and as a commentator he was extremely successful.[1] His research spanned the entirety of Greco-Roman antiquity, from poetry and sciences to the mundane aspects of everyday life.[2] In 1878 he became joint-editor of the Rheinisches Museum für Philologie.[1]

Among his editions are:

  • Frontini de aquis urbis Romae (Leipzig, 1858)
  • Pervigilium Veneris (Leipzig, 1859)
  • Petronii satirarum reliquiae (Berlin, 1862; 3rd ed., 1882)
  • Grundriss der lateinischen Deklination (1866)
  • Hymnus Cereris Homericus (Leipzig, 1869)
  • Q. Ciceronis reliquiae (1869)
  • Des Recht von Gortyn (Frankfort, 1885, with Ernst Zitelmann 1852-1923)
  • Herondae mimiambi (Bonn, 1892)
  • Petronii saturae et liber priapeorum (Berlin, 1904)

He also supervised the third edition (1893) of Otto Jahn's Persii, Juvenalis, Sulpiciae saturae.[3]


  1. ^ a b c   One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Bücheler, Franz". Encyclopædia Britannica. 4 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 718.
  2. ^ NDB/ADB Deutsche Biographie Archived 2014-05-17 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ List of publications copied from an equivalent article at the German Wikipedia, but identical to Chisholm 1911.