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There is hardly any other philosopher whose influence is comparable to that of Aristotle. And hardly any other philosopher has been read and interpreted in so many different ways. The history of Aristotle is therefore the history of the many Aristotelisms developed from his writings.
("Kaum ein anderer Philosoph hat so weit und so tief gewirkt wie Aristoteles. Und kaum ein anderer Philosoph wurde so unterschiedlich gelesen und interpretiert. Die Geschichte des Aristoteles ist daher die Geschichte der vielen Aristotelismen, die aus seinen Schriften entwickelt wurden.")
Berlin has a long tradition of Aristoteles research. The first complete critical Aristoteles edition based on manuscript readings was published in Berlin by Reimer; it was edited for the Royal Prussian Academy of Sciences by Immanuel Bekker (1785–1871) starting in 1831.
To this day, Aristoteles' writings are quoted according to Bekker: Page, column and line of Bekker's edition are given in the margins of most editions and translations.
Hermann Diels (1848–1922) was the editor of the Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca (1882–1909), also for the Prussian Academy. Classicist Werner Jaeger (1888–1961) taught at Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Berlin from 1921 to 1936; his book Aristoteles. Grundlegung einer Geschichte seiner Entwicklung was also first published in Berlin in 1923.
The foundation, in 1965, of the Aristoteles Archive at Freie Universität Berlin by Paul Moraux built on that tradition; the Archive is devoted to the study of the transmission of the Corpus Aristotelicum. Since 3 June 2014, the Aristoteles Archive has been part of the Aristotelismus-Zentrum Berlin, also located at Freie Universität Berlin; its activites cover the whole period from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period and its methods include editorial philology as well as history of transmission, of materials, of knowledge and of philosophy.
The edition of Commentaries on Aristoteles now includes the Byzantine tradition and is carried out in cooperation with the Aristoteles Archive within the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities long-term project Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca et Byzantina.
Dr. Susanne Rothe
Universitätsbibliothek der Freien Universität
Telephone: 030 / 838-533 59