Curtius, Ernst Robert

ARCHEOLOGIST, HISTORIAN (GERMANY)
BORN 2 Sep 1814, Lübeck - DIED 11 Jul 1896, Berlin
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Alter St. Matthäus Friedhof, Grossgörschenstrasse 12 (D-17-16)

After his studies, Ernst Curtius accompanied C.A. Brandis to Greece. There he assisted Otfried Müller in his exploration of the Peloponnese. After Müller died in 1840 he returned to Germany. He became a professor in Berlin in 1844 and from 1844 until 1850 he was the tutor of prince Frederick William (emperor Friedrich III).

In 1874 he was sent to Athens by the German goverment and there he came to an agreement that the excavations at Olympia were solely performed by Germans. He supervised the labours at Athens (1875-1881) and wrote about them. The philologist Georg Curtius (1820-1885) was his brother.

Work: "History of Greece" (1857-1867).

Related persons
• was teacher to Friedrich III, emperor of Germany

Sources
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
• Wilhelm, Fred, Hildegund Wolff, Alter St.-Matthäus Kirchhof Berlin, Rundgang zu den Gräbern bekannter Persönlichkeiten und zu, Ev. Kirchengemeinde St. Matthäus, Berlin, 1995

Images

The grave of Ernst Curtius at the Alter St. Matthäus Friedhof, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (28 Aug 2008)

 


Czerny, Carl

Published: 19 Oct 2008
Last update: 19 Oct 2008