Savigny, Friedrich Carl von
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German legal scholar. Born Frankfurt 21. 2. 1779, died Berlin 25. 10. 1861. Studied law at Marburg from 1795; doctorate there 1800. From 1803, prof. ext. at Marburg; from 1808 prof. ord. at Landshut, 1810–1842 at Berlin. 1817–1848 Prussian Staatsrat (member of the Council of State); 1842–1848 ‘minister for the revision of legislation’.

Work and influence

S., who was born into an old noble family, went against the family tradition in choosing a scholarly career. In [1], he cited criteria of Roman law i…

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Nippel, Wilfried, “Savigny, Friedrich Carl von”, 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 23 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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