Tuesday, 28 November 2017
OBITUARY FOR STEFAN RADT
Please take note of the following obituary for Stefan Radt, written by André Lardinois:
"It is with sadness that I announce the passing away of Professor Stefan Radt, professor emeritus at Groningen University. He died on November 22 of a ruptured aorta at the age of 90. Professor Radt was born in Germany, but moved with his family to the Netherlands in 1937 to avoid Nazi prosecution. He survived the war by going into hiding between February 1943 and May 1945. It is here that he taught himself ancient Greek, using his old school books and reading Homer. After the war he studied Classics at the University of Amsterdam, where he also defended his dissertation on Pindars Zweiter und Sechster Paian(1958). Between 1967 and 1987 he held the post of professor of ancient Greek language and literature at the university of Groningen. He will probably best be remembered for his editions of the fragments of Aeschylus and Sophocles (Tragicorum Graecorum Fragmentaparts 4  and 3 ), as well as a new text with German translation of the Geographica of Strabo, the last volume of which he finished only six years ago at age 84. In 2010 he received an honorary doctorate of the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster for his scholarly work, but also for the fact that despite his experiences he did not disavow Germany or the German language. Professor Radt was a remarkable man, who contributed greatly to the study of Classics in the Netherlands."