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CUNTZ, Albert Hermann Otto

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  • Date of Birth: September 10, 1865
  • Born City: Stettin
  • Born State/Country: Germany
  • Parents: Hermann, an industrialist, & Marie de la Barre C.
  • Date of Death: December 1, 1932
  • Death City: Graz
  • Death State/Country: Germany
  • Married: Charlotte von Walterstorff, 1899
  • Education:

    Study at Zurich, Strasbourg; Ph.D., Bonn, 1888; study in Italy, Greece, Spain, and France, 1888-92; phil. Habil., Strasbourg, 1894.

  • Dissertation:

    “De Augusto Plinii Geographicorum auctore dissertatio historica” (Ph.D., Bonn; publ. Bonn: C. Georgi, 1888). 

  • Professional Experience:

    . Extraordinarius, Graz, 1898-1904; ordinarius, 1904; corr. memb. Vienna Academy, 1920. 

  • Publications:

    Agrippa und Augustus als Quellenschriftsteller des Plinius in den geographischen Büchern der Historia naturalis (Leipzig: Teubner, 1890); “Beiträge zur Textkritik des Itinerarium Antonini,” WS 15 (1893) 260–98; Scriptores sacri et profani auspiciis et munificentia serenissimorum nutritorum almae matris Jenensis ediderunt seminarii philologorum Jenensis magistri et qui olim sodales fuere: 2, with H. Gelzer & H. Hilgenfeld (Leipzig: B.G. Teubner, 1898); Patrum Nicaenorum Nomina latine, graece, coptice, syriace, arabice, armeniace, ed. with H. Gelzer & H. Hilgenfeld (Leipzig: Teubner, 1898; repr. Berlin: De Gruyter, 1995; Piscataway: Gorgias Press, LLC, 2019); Polybius und sein Werk (Leipzig: Teubner, 1902); Bauer, A., Die Chronik des Hippolytos im Matritensis graceus 121 Nebst einer Abhandlung über den Stadiasmus Maris magni von Otto Cuntz (Leipzig: Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung, 1905); Römische meilensteine von Deutsch-Feistritz im Murtal (Vienna: 1906); “Zur Geschichte Siciliens in der cäsarisch-augusteischen Epoche,” Klio 6 (1906) 466-76; Das collegium fabrum in Aquileia,” Jahreshefte des Österr. Archäolog. Inst. 9 (1906) 23-6; Zu den Inschriften von Flavia Solva,” Jahrbuch für Altertumskunde 1 (1907) 44-54; Römische Inschriften aus Emona, Jahrbuch für Altertumskunde 7 (Vienna: Schroll, 1913); Geographie der Ptolemaeus: Galliae, Germania, Raetia, Noricum, Pannoniae, Illyricum, Italia (Berlin; Weidmann,1923; repr. NY: Arno Press, 1975); Itineraria Antonini Augusti et burdigalense (Leipzig: Teubner, 1929; repr. 2012); Itineraria romana (Leipzig: Teubner, 1929; repr. Stuttgart: Teubner, 1990); Ravennatis Anonymi Cosmographia et Guidonis Geographica, with J. Schnetz (Leipzig: Teubner, 1940).

  • Notes:

    At Bonn, Cuntz was a student of Franz Buecheler (1837-1908), and Hermann Usener (1834-1905) and after completing his doctorate he went to Berlin in 1899 for further study under the historian Otto Hirschfeld (1843-1922) and the archaeologist Reinhard Kekulé von Stradonitz (1829-96), who encouraged him to travel for the next three years in Italy, Greece, Spain, and France. He returned to Strasbourg to complete his habilitation and, four years later, was named extraordinarius and then ordinarius in Roman antiquity at Graz, where he spent the remainder of his career. He became well known for his work on ancient geography through his early work on the Patrum Nicaenorum Nomina. Geography and topography were the focus of his work on Polybius chiefly his study of the geographical sources of Pliny’s Natural History. He edited a number of the geographical works of Ptolemy, and later developed an expertise in epigraphy which he displayed in his work on the Centonarii of Solva, the Itinerarium Antonini and Burdigalense, the Tabula Peutingeriana, the Stadiasmus Maris Magni.   

  • Sources:

    Schehl, F., “Otto Cuntz,” (Graz: Leuschner & Lubensky, 1933); ------, “Otto Cuntz,” Gnomon 9 (1930) 111-12; W. Kubitschek, Alm.d .Ak. d. Wiss. Wien 83 (1933)223-32; E. Pernice, JBB 254 (1936) 13-15.

  • Author: Ward Briggs