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Winckelmann and the Invention of AntiquityHistory and Aesthetics in the Age of Altertumswissenschaft$
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Katherine Harloe

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199695843

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695843.001.0001

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Heyne, Winckelmann, and Altertumswissenschaft

Heyne, Winckelmann, and Altertumswissenschaft

(p.160) (p.161) 6 Heyne, Winckelmann, and Altertumswissenschaft
Winckelmann and the Invention of Antiquity

Katherine Harloe

Oxford University Press

Chapter 6 examines how Christian Gottlob Heyne’s long engagement with Winckelmann’s ideas and arguments conditioned the conservative position on the possibilities of Altertumswissenschaft revealed in his quarrel with Wolf. The opening sections discuss Heyne’s contemporary reputation, his personal association with Winckelmann during the 1750s and 1760s, and his influential role in shaping eighteenth-century conceptions of Altertumswissenschaft through his archaeology lectures and directorship of the University of Göttingen’s famous Philological Seminar. The chapter then investigates the mounting disillusionment with Winckelmann’s work revealed in Heyne’s writings of the 1760s and 1770s. It ends by suggesting that Heyne’s critical engagement with Winckelmann was important in shaping his dismissive reaction to the daring, conjectural history of the oral stages of the Homeric epics’ transmission given in Wolf’s Prolegomena.

Keywords:   Heyne, Göttingen, philology, conjectural history, oral transmission, Homer

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