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Brommer, Frank

    Full Name: Brommer, Frank

    Gender: male

    Date Born: unknown

    Date Died: unknown

    Home Country/ies: Germany

    Subject Area(s): Ancient Greek (culture or style), architecture (object genre), Greek sculpture styles, and sculpture (visual works)


    Major scholar of the Parthenon sculpture; associated with the Nazi years of the DAI. During the years when the DAI (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut) in Athens was under Nazi control, he served there under Walther Wrede. He received his Ph.D., from the University of Munich. In 1956 he edited the Corpus vasorum antiquorum volumes of the holdings at the Schloss Fasanerie, Adolphseck. Beginning in 1963, Brommer undertook a systematic publication of the entire Parthenon sculpture. These appeared as Der Parthenonfries (1963), Die Skulpturen der Parthenon-Giebel (1963), and Die Metopen des Parthenon (1967). A summary volume was published in German and English in 1979.

    Selected Bibliography

    [dissertation:] Satyroi. University of Munich; Published as, Satyroi. Würzburg: K. Triltsch, 1937; Die Giebel des Parthenon: eine Einführung. Mainz: P. von Zabern, 1959; Die Metopen des Parthenon: Katalog und Untersuchung. 2 vols. Mainz: von Zabern, 1967; Herakles; die zwölf Taten des Helden in antiker Kunst und Literatur. Münster: Böhlau, 1953, English, Heracles: the Twelve Labors of the Hero in Ancient Art and Literature. New Rochelle, NY: A. D. Caratzas, 1986; Der Parthenonfries: Katalog und Untersuchung. 2 vols. Mainz: von Zabern, 1963; Der Gott Vulkan auf provinzialrömischen Reliefs. Cologne: Böhlau-Verlag, 1973; Die Skulpturen der Parthenon-Giebel. Katalog und Untersuchung. 2 vols. Mainz: P. v. Zabern, 1963; Die Parthenon-Skulpturen: Metopen, Fries, Giebel, Kultbild. Mainz am Rhein: von Zabern, 1979, English, The Sculptures of the Parthenon: Metopes, Frieze, Pediments, Cult-statue. London: Thames and Hudson, 1979; Vasenlisten zur griechischen Heldensage; Herakles, Theseus, Aigeus, Erechtheus, Erichthonios, Kekrops, Kodros, Perseus, Bellerophon, Meleager, Peleus. Marburg/Lahn: N.G. Elwert, 1956. ; Corpus vasorum antiquorum. Deutschland. Schloss Fasanerie (Adolphseck). 1956-1959. vols. 11, 16; Anekdoten und Aussprüche von deutschen Archäologen. Tübingen: Wasmuth, 1979.


    Ridgway, Brunhilde Sismondo. “The State of Research on Ancient Art,” Art Bulletin 68 (March 1986): 9; “German Archaeological Institute — Athens.” Encyclopedia of the History of Classical Archaeology. Nancy Thomson de Grummond, ed. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996, vol. 1, pp. 495; Brommer, Frank. Anekdoten und Aussprüche von deutschen Archäologen. Tübingen: Wasmuth, 1979.


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