Karl Wilhelm Dindorf (Latin: Guilielmus Dindorfius; 2 January 1802 –
1 August 1883) was a German classical scholar. He was born and died at
From his earliest years he showed a strong taste for classical
studies, and after completing F Invernizi's edition of
an early age, and editing several grammarians and rhetoricians,
was in 1828 appointed extraordinary professor of literary history in
his native city. Disappointed at not obtaining the ordinary
professorship when it became vacant in 1833, he resigned his post in
the same year, and devoted himself entirely to study and literary
His attention had at first been chiefly given to Athenaeus, whom he
edited in 1827, and to the Greek dramatists, all of whom he edited
separately and combined in his Poetae scenici Graeci (1830 and later
editions). He also wrote a work on the metres of the Greek dramatic
poets, and compiled special lexicons to
Aeschylus and Sophocles. He
produced an edition of Sophoclean Scholia which he intended as a
supplement to Elmsley's edition of Sophoclean scholia vetera. He
Procopius for Niebuhr's Corpus of the Byzantine writers, and
between 1846 and 1851 brought out at Oxford an important edition of
Demosthenes; he also edited
Josephus for the Didot
classics, while his work on Homeric scholarship is represented by his
four-volume edition of the Homeric scholia.
His last important editorial labour was his Eusebius of Caesarea
(1867–1871). Much of his attention was occupied by the
re-publication of Stephanus's Thesaurus (Paris, 1831–1865), chiefly
executed by him and his brother Ludwig, a work of prodigious labour
and utility. His reputation suffered somewhat through the imposture
practised upon him by the Greek Constantine Simonides, who succeeded
in deceiving him by a fabricated fragment of the Greek historian
Uranius. The book was printed, and a few copies had been circulated,
when the forgery was discovered, just in time to prevent its being
given to the world under the auspices of the university of Oxford.
Shortly after the death of his brother, he lost all his property and
his library by rash speculations.
His brother Ludwig August Dindorf (Latin: Ludovicus Dindorfius;
Leipzig, 3 January 1805 – 6 September 1871, Leipzig) never held any
academic position, and led so secluded a life that
many doubted his existence, and declared that he was a mere
pseudonym. The important share which he took in
the edition of the Thesaurus is nevertheless authenticated by his own
signature to his contributions. He also published valuable editions of
Dio Cassius and other Greek historians.
^ Cf. e.g. Guilielmi Dindorfii, Grammatici Graeci vol. I (Herodiani
Περὶ μονήρους λέξεως, Varietas lectionis ad
Arcadium, Favorini Eclogae), Lipsiae: in libraria Kuehniana 1823; he
also edited Ἰωάννου Ἀλεξανδρέως Τονικὰ
παραγγέλματα. Αἰλίου Ἡρωδιανοῦ Περὶ
σχημάτων, Lipsiae: libraria Weidmannia 1825.
^ For example, Themistii Orationes, ex codice Mediolanensi emendatae,
a Guilielmo Dindorfio, Lipsiae: C. Cnobloch 1832
^ Scholia in Sophoclis tragoedias septem, e codice MS. Laurentiano
descripsit Petrus Elmsley, Oxonii 1825-- Scholia in Sophoclis
tragoedias septem, ex codicibus aucta et emendata, edidit G.
Dindorfius, Oxonii 1852)
^ The first two volumes contain the scholia of the famous manuscript
Venetus A: Scholia Graeca in Homeri Iliadem, ex codicibus aucta et
emendata, ed. G. Dindorfius, tom. I-II, Oxonii: e typographeo
Clarendoniano 1875. The other two (Oxonii 1877) those of Venetus B
(=codex Marcianus Graecus 453, now 821).
^ a b Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Dindorf, Karl Wilhelm".
Encyclopædia Britannica. 8 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
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