Rilinger, Rolf
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German ancient historian. Born Posen (West Prussia) 21. 4. 1942, died Steinhagen 31. 8. 2003. Studied history, sociology and sport, 1963/64 and 1966/67 at Univ. of Bonn, 1964–1966 at Univ. of Freiburg. 1972–1981 research assistant at Univ. of Cologne. Doctorate 1976 and habil. 1980, Cologne. 1981 appointed to Univ. of Paderborn; from 1981 prof. of general history with particular focus on ancient history at Univ. of Bielefeld. Serious illness from 1994.


R.’s research concentrated on the reasons for the success of Roman rul…

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Schmitt, Tassilo, “Rilinger, Rolf”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 6 : History of classical Scholarship - A Biographical Dictionary, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2014). Original German-language edition: Geschichte der Altertumswissenschaften: Biographisches Lexikon. Herausgegeven von Peter Kuhlmann und Helmuth Schneider. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 6. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2012). Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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