Grotefend, Georg Friedrich

LITERARY MAN, ANTIQUARIAN (GERMANY)
BORN 9 Jun 1775, Hannoversch Münden, Niedersachsen - DIED 15 Dec 1853, Hannover, Niedersachsen
GRAVE LOCATION Hannover, Niedersachsen: Ehemaliger Gartenfriedhof, Marienstrasse 6

Georg Friedrich Grotefend studied at the University of Göttingen, where he befriended C.G. Heyne, T.C. Tychsen and A.H. L. Heeren. Heine supported him in his his career and in 1799 he published "De pasigraphia sive scriptura universali" and in 1803 he was appointed prorector at Frankfurt gymnasium and soon afterwards conrector. By that time he had already done important work on the interpretation of Persion inscriptions. He extended this work over the years.

Allthough his studies further were centered on Latin and Italian, he also focussed on the German language and in 1815 he published "Anfangsgründe der deutschen Poesie". He published books on Latin grammar for use on schools.

In 1821 he became the director of the gymnasium in Hanover and he held this position until he retired in 1849. From 1840 to 1842 he published "Zur Geographie und Geschichte von Alt-Italien" in five volumes.

Sources
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
• Aubert, Joachim, Handbuch der Grabstätten berühmten Deutscher, Österreicher und Schweizer, Deutscher Kunstverlag, München, 1973
Georg Friedrich Grotefend - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Images

The tomb of Georg Friedrich Grotefend at the Ehemaliger Gartenfriedhof, Hannover.
Picture by Androom (15 Dec 2002)

 


Grove, Harriet

Published: 16 May 2010
Last update: 18 Dec 2010