Theodor Mommsen

Theodor Mommsen

Birth
Garding, Kreis Nordfriesländ, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Death 11 Jan 1903 (aged 85)
Charlottenburg, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Berlin, Germany
Burial Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
Plot Friedhof II
Memorial ID 9316938 · View Source
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Historian. Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1902. Born Christian Matthias Theodor Mommsen in Garding, Schleswig (now in Denmark), he is best known for his masterpieces, Romische Geschichte ("The History of Rome")and his 17-volume Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum (an organized collection of Latin inscriptions) which became the authoritative source for the study of classical antiquity. Studied law and classics at Kiel from 1838 to 1843, spent a few years in France and Italy, had a short career in journalism after which he became a professor of law at the University of Leipzig. His involvement in the German revolution of 1848 to 1849 led to his dismissal in 1850. After academic positions at the universities of Zürich and Breslau he was appointed to the chair of Ancient History at the University of Berlin in 1858. Was also permanent secretary of the Prussian Academy of Arts and Sciences. In the 1870s he was an active and prominent member of the Prussian Parliament. A vivid and powerful writer, he produced over 900 articles and books and revolutionized the study of Roman history. Died in Charlottenburg, Berlin.

Bio by: Fred Beisser


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