Böckh, (Philipp) August
- R.P. Winnington-Ingram
(b Karlsruhe, Nov 24, 1785; d Berlin, Aug 3, 1867). German scholar. He inaugurated the modern critical study of ancient Greek music almost incidentally, as part of an early work, De metris Pindari (Leipzig, 1811), being convinced that in Greek choral poetry words, music and dance formed an integrated whole. Among many gifts he had a strong mathematical bent and may have been led to the study of Greek music by an interest in the Pythagoreans. It was, however, appropriate that ancient Greek music should owe its modern study to the scholar who, above all others in the first half of the 19th century, directed scholarship towards the study of classical civilization as a whole, its history and antiquities as well as its literature. Böckh held chairs at Heidelberg (1807–11) and Berlin (1811–67).J.E. Sandys: A History of Classical Scholarship, 3 (Cambridge, 1908/...