Bachofen, Johann Jakob
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Swiss legal historian and classical scholar. Born 22. 12. 1815 in Basel to a wealthy family, died there 25. 11. 1887. Studied law and classics at Basel 1834, Berlin 1835–1837 (with August Boeckh, Karl Ferdinand Ranke, Karl Lachmann, Friedrich Carl von Savigny), Göttingen 1837/38 (with Gustav Hugo and Karl Otfried Müller); degree 1839 at Basel with legal examination (diss.: De Romanorum iudiciis civilibus). Practical legal training 1839/40 in Paris and London. 1841 appointed prof. of Roman law at Basel; decl…

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Fornaro, Sotera, “Bachofen, Johann Jakob”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 6 : History of classical Scholarship - A Biographical Dictionary, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2014). Original German-language edition: Geschichte der Altertumswissenschaften: Biographisches Lexikon. Herausgegeven von Peter Kuhlmann und Helmuth Schneider. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 6. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2012). Consulted online on 17 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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