Otto Jahn

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Otto Jahn (June 16, 1813September 9, 1869), was a German archaeologist, philologist, and writer on art and music.

He was born at Kiel. After the completion of his university studies at Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel, the University of Leipzig and Humboldt University, Berlin, he travelled for three years in France and Italy; in 1839 he became Privatdozent at Kiel, and in 1842 professor-extraordinary of archaeology and philology at Greifswald (ordinary professor 1845).

In 1847 he accepted the chair of archaeology at Leipzig, but was deprived in it in 1851 for having taken part in the political movements of 1848-1849. In 1855 he was appointed professor of the science of antiquity, and director of the academic art museum at Bonn, and in 1865 he was called to succeed Eduard Gerhard at Berlin. He died at Göttingen.

Most important works

  • Archaeological:
    • Palamedes (1836)
    • Telephos u. Troilos (1841)
    • Die Gemälde des Polygnot (1841)
    • Pentheus u. die Mänaden (1841)
    • Paris u. Oinone (1844)
    • Die hellenische Kunst (1846)
    • Peitho, die Göttin der Überredung (1847)
    • Über einige Darstellungen des Paris-Urteils (1849)
    • Die Ficoronische Cista (1852)
    • Pausaniae descriptio arcis Athenarum (3rd ed., 1901)
    • Darstellungen griechischer Dichter auf Vasenbildern (1861)
  • Philological:
  • Biographical and aesthetic:
    • Ueber Mendelssohn's Paulus (1842)
    • Biographie Mozarts, a work of extraordinary labour, and of great importance for the history of music (3rd ed. by H. Disters, 1889-1891; Eng. trans. by PD Townsend, 1891)
    • Ludwig Uhland (1863)
    • Gesammelte Aufsatze über Musik (1866)
    • Biographische Aufsatze (1866).

His Griechische Bilderchroniken was published after his death, by his nephew A Michaelis, who has written an exhaustive biography in Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, xiii.; see also J Vahlen, Otto Jahn (1870); C Bursian, Geschichte der classischen Philologie in Deutschland.de:Otto Jahn

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