Nilsson, Martin Persson
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Swedish classical philologist, historian of religion and archaeologist. Born Ballingslöv, southern Sweden, 12. 7. 1874, died Lund 7. 4. 1967. School at Kristianstad, then studied classical philology at Univ. of Lund from 1892, taking doctorate there in 1900. 1900 lecturer in Greek language and literature; 1909–1939 prof. of classical archaeology and ancient history at Lund; rector 1936–1939.

Work and influence

N.’s rural background gave him an interest in the folklore of his homeland, and his research was…

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Baumgarten, Roland, “Nilsson, Martin Persson”, 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 16 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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