Zsigmond Ritoók


Curriculum vitae. 1

Educational 1

Degrees. 1

Professional 1

Major academic honors. 1

Main fields of research. 1

Selected Publications. 1

Monographs. 1

Edited Books. 1

Research Project. 2



Curriculum vitae


Born 28. Sept. 1929



Budapest, classical scholarship, Hungarian Literature



CSc: 1968;

DrSc: 1986



1952 – 1958: assistant prof. at the Chair for Greek Philology / University, Budapest;

1958-1970: secondary school teacher;

1970-1986: research fellow, later senior research fellow in the Research Group for Classical Scholarship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences;

1986-1999: professor of Latin at the university in Budapest;

since then retired


Major academic honors

1990: corresp. member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences;

1993: member;

1996-1999: President of the Section for Linguistic and Literary Scholarship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences;

1991: member of the Academia Europea (London);

1997: corresp. member of the Österreichische Akademie der Wiss


Main fields of research

- Greek and Roman poetry

- the history of Greek aesthetic thought

- history of classical scholarship.



Selected Publications



A görög énekmondók (The Greek rhapsodoi). Budapest. 1973

A görög kultúra aranykora (The golden age of Greek culture), with János Sarkady and János György Szilágyi. Budapest, 1984.


Edited Books

Régi görög hétköznapok (Everyday life in Ancient Greece). Budapest, 1960;

Színház és stadion (The theatre and the stadium). Budapest, 1968;

Források az ókori görög zeneesztétika történetéhez (Sources to the history of the aesthetics of music in Greece). Budapest, 1982;

A magyar ókortudomány bibliográfiája 1951-1975 (The Bibliography of Antique Studies in Hungary 1951-1975). Budapest, 1986;

Görög történetírók (Greek Historians), Budapest, 1988



Research Project

The history of classical scholarship in Hungary in the 19th and 20th century.


The Roman tradition (Knowledge of Latin) waas strong in Hungary, dealing with the classicas was always vivid, nevertheless classical scholarship in the modern sense of the word developped as late as the middle of the 19th century, though more than one person was even scholarly well educated in classical scholarship. There was no social demand for classical scholarship, only for translations in order to polish Hungarian literary language and these were made. Greek was part of a rather thin intellectual layer. The development in the second part of the 19th century was quick, but European classical scholarship got into a crises just in the last decades of the 19th century, so Hungarian scholarship ought to have transcended what it had to reach. Several attempts were made to solve this problem and to make classical studies up to date, but attempts only from the beginning of the 20th century on were succesful.