August Meineke

Johann Albrecht Friedrich August Meineke

Johann Albrecht Friedrich August Meineke (also Augustus Meineke; German: [ˈmaɪnəkə]; December 8, 1790 – December 12, 1870), German classical scholar, was born at Soest in the Duchy of Westphalia. He was father-in-law to philologist Theodor Bergk.[1]

He obtained his education at the University of Leipzig as a student of Johann Gottfried Jakob Hermann. After holding an educational post at Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland), he was director of the Joachimsthal Gymnasium in Berlin from 1826 to 1856. In 1830 he became a member of the Berlin Academy. He died in Berlin on 12 December 1870.[1]

He excelled in conjectural criticism, the comic writers and Alexandrine poets being his favourite authors. He was the first scholar since Richard Bentley to distinguish himself in the critical analyses of Menander and Philemon.[1]

Principal works

See monographs by F. Ranke (1871), H. Sauppe (1872) and E. Förstemann in Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, XXI. (1885); also Sandys, Hist. Class. Schol. (1908), iii. 117.


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