Meursius, Johannes
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Johannes van Meurs; Dutch philologist. Born near The Hague 9. 2. 1579, died Sorø (Denmark) 20. 9. 1639. Studied at Leiden; 1608 doctorate of law, Orléans. 1610–1620 prof. of history and Greek at Leiden; from 1611 also official historian of the States-General. From 1625 prof. of history and politics at Sorø, and Danish court historian.

Work and influence

M. attended the Univ. of Leiden from the age of just 12, and became prodigiously erudite even as a youth. At just 16, he wrote a philological commentary…

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Kuhlmann, Peter, “Meursius, Johannes”, 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 22 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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