Who is Schiller?

Researchers want to solve R tsel for Sch del the poet

Friedrich Schiller - Paintings by Ludovike Simanowiz (1794) Ludovike Simanowiz
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Who is Schiller? Scientists at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau now want to clarify this question. Not on the basis of texts, but they examine two skulls, which are attributed to the poet Friedrich Schiller.

In order to test which of the two skulls is really the real one, the scientists using Professor Dr. Ursula Wittwer-Backofen of the Institute of Human Genetics and Anthropology Marc Metzger from the Clinic for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, in addition to the pure DNA diganostics a variety of methodological approaches.

Among other things, the death masks and portraits will be examined for their coherence with the skulls as well as plastic and virtual facial reconstructions. The scientific results are expected within a few weeks.

DNA samples taken

The Klassik-Stiftung Weimar owns two skulls, the so-called F├╝rstengruft skull and the Froriep skull. About the question of which of these heads Schiller is to be assigned, the scholars argue for about 150 years. For this reason, the Freiburg anthropologists in collaboration with Berlin colleagues opened last week the historic Schiller grave in the Old Cemetery in Bonn.

The mortal remains of Schiller's wife, Charlotte von Schiller, and his second-oldest son, Ernst Friedrich Wilhelm Schiller, DNA samples were taken. A comparison with the DNA of his son to solve the mystery of the existing skull. display

The Friedrich Schiller Code

The Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, Landesfunkhaus Th├╝ringen, has initiated, coordinated and accompanied the project "The Friedrich Schiller Code" in close cooperation with the Klassik Foundation Weimar with filming in all stages. The results of the project will be broadcast on television for the first time in a two-part documentary in November 2007.

(idw - University Freiburg im Breisgau, 31.07.2007 - DLO)