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Eduard Meyer
German historian

Eduard Meyer

Eduard Meyer
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Intro German historian
Was Historian Egyptologist Archaeologist Educator
From Germany
Field Academia Social science
Gender male
Birth 25 January 1855, Hamburg
Death 31 August 1930, Berlin (aged 75 years)
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Eduard Meyer (25 January 1855 – 31 August 1930) was a German historian. He was the brother of Celticist Kuno Meyer (1858-1919).


Meyer was born at Hamburg and educated at the Gelehrtenschule des Johanneums and later at the universities of Bonn and Leipzig. After completing his studies, he spent one year in Istanbul. In 1879, he went to the University of Leipzig as privatdocent. He was appointed professor of ancient history at Breslau in 1885, at Halle in 1889, and at Berlin in 1902. He lectured at Harvard in 1909 and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1910. Honorary degrees were given him by Oxford, St. Andrews, Freiburg, and Chicago universities.

He died in Berlin.


His principal work is his "Geschichte des Altertums" (1884-1902; third edition, 1913). He also published:

  • Forschungen zur alten Geschichte (1892-1899) – Research of ancient history.
  • Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der Gracchen (1894) – Investigations on the history of the Gracchi.
  • Wirtschaftliche Entwicklung des Altertums (1895) – Economic development of the ancient world.
  • Die Entstehung des Judentums (1896) – The origins of Judaism.
  • Zur Theorie und Methodik der Geschichte (1902) – Theory and methodology of history.
  • Israeliten und ihre Nachbarstämme (1906) – The Israelites and their neighboring tribes.
  • Theopomps Hellenika (1909) – Theopompus' Hellenics.
  • Der Papyrosfund in Elephantine (1912) – The papyrus discovery from Elephantine.
  • Ursprung und Geschichte der Mormonen (1912) – Origin and history of the Mormons.
  • Nordamerika und Deutschland (1915) – North America and Germany.

In English translation

He was also a contributor to the Encyclopaedia Biblica (1903) and 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica.

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