Johann Gottfried Stallbaum

Johann Gottfried Stallbaum (Latin: Godofredus Stallbaumius; born September 25, 1793 in Zaasch to Delitzsch, † January 24, 1861 in Leipzig ) was a German philologist and rector of the St. Thomas School in Leipzig.


He was born in 1793 as the son of a peasant family in Zaasch in Delitzsch. He received his first lessons in the village school and at a private scholar. From 1808 to 1815 he studied at the St. Thomas School at Leipzig under Friedrich Wilhelm Ehrenfried rust.

From 1815 to 1818, he studied classical philology and theology at the University of Leipzig. He was encouraged at this time by Johann Gottfried Jakob Hermann, Friedrich August Wilhelm Spohn and Christian Daniel Beck. Later he received a doctorate in phil.

In 1818 he was appointed as a teacher at the Francke Foundations in Halle. Here he put as the declarant of Plato laid the foundation for his later fame. His talent was promoted again, this time by August Hermann Niemeyer. From 1820 until his death Stallbaum was associated with the St. Thomas School, he worked there from 1832 to 1835 as vice-principal, and from 1835 as Rector.

He was known for his free speech in Latin and in German language. Finally, he qualified on the subject diatribe in Platonis Politicum and in 1840 was appointed extraordinary professor of Classics at the University of Leipzig. He lectured to Aristophanes, Horace and Plato.

Stallbaum was awarded the Knight First Class of the Saxon Albrechts- Order.


The Stallbaum Road, a residential street in Gohlis was named after him in 1900.

Works (selection)

  • Platonis Meno, Leipzig 1827.
  • Platonis opera omnia, Gotha 1827-60.
  • The Thomas School in Leipzig, Leipzig 1838.
  • The Thomas School in Leipzig after the gradual process of development of their states in particular their public education, Leipzig 1839.
  • About the interdependence of musical education of the youth with the Gesammtzwecke the Gymnasium, Leipzig 1842.


Daniel Caffé: Rector of St. Thomas School Stallbaum with woman, 1810, Pastel in Frame, Museum of City History