Gesner, Johann Matthias
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German philologist and pedagogue. Born Roth (Nuremberg) 9. 4. 1691, died Göttingen 3. 8. 1761. Studied at Jena from 1710. 1715–1729 deputy rector of the Gymnasium at Weimar, also administrator of the ducal library and coin collection; 1729/30 rector of the Gymnasium at Ansbach. 1730–1734 rector of the Leipzig Thomasschule. From 1734, prof. of poetry and eloquence at Göttingen, and librarian of the Univ. Library.


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Nuss, Marcel, “Gesner, Johann Matthias”, 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 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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