Martin P:n Nilsson und die Wiederbesetzung des Lehrstuhls für klassische Philologie in Heidelberg 1924/1925

and Martina Dürkop


The correspondence between Otto Weinreich and Martin Persson Nilsson suggests that Nilsson was to be appointed to the chair of Classical Philology in Heidelberg in winter 1924 – 1925. But we do not find any official papers at the Ministry of Culture or at the University of Heidelberg. So we ask why the university should offer a chair to this worldwide renowned scientist. Was he to breathe new life into religious studies or was he simply meant as a figurehead who opens the door of return to international collaboration? Since valuable documents are missing, we trust in letters filling the gap in our knowledge of this appointment.

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Archiv für Religionsgeschichte is a specialised journal dealing primarily with religions of the ancient world. The different aspects of the field of research are covered in essays, reports on the main areas of religious studies and in individual articles.