Erman, Adolf
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German Egyptologist. Born Berlin 31. 10. 1854, died there 26. 6. 1937. Studied (from around 1872) in Leipzig and Berlin; 1878 doctorate in Leipzig; 1881 habil. in Berlin. From 1884, director of the Ägyptisches Museum (to 1914) and prof. ext. in Egyptology at Berlin. From 1892 prof. ord. there. Retired 1923. From 1895, full member of the Prussian Academy of Sciences.

Work and influence

E., who came from a Swiss Protestant family (originally Ermatinger), studied with Georg Ebers and Richard Lepsius, but left his teachers far b…

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Seidlmayer, Stefan, “Erman, Adolf”, 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 21 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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