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Friedrich von Spiegel

Friedrich von Spiegel German orientalist

German orientalist
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Intro German orientalist
Countries Germany
Occupations Orientalist Iranologist Educator
Gender male
Birth 11 July 1820 (Kitzingen)
Death 15 December 1905 (Munich)
Education University of Bonn
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Friedrich (von) Spiegel (July 11, 1820 in Kitzingen – December 15, 1905 in München) was a German orientalist. He was one of the pioneers in the field of Iranian philology.


He was born in Kitzingen, studied at Erlangen, Leipzig, and Bonn, then spent five years in the libraries of Copenhagen, Paris, London, and Oxford, and from 1849 to 1890 was professor of oriental languages in the University of Erlangen. His early studies on Pali and the publication of the Kammavâkya (1841) and the Ancedota Palica (1845) did much for the knowledge of southern Buddhism. They were quickly followed by his researches on Zoroastrianism and the Avesta. The edition of the greater part of the extant Avesta, together with the Pahlavi translation (1853–58), was followed by a German version (1852–63), and supplemented by a commentary (1865–69). He published a number of Persian works, as well as grammars of the Old Persian and Old Bactrian languages. Then came the valuable linguistic and archaeological works, Die altpersischen Keilinschriften (1862), Erân (1863), Erânische Altertumskunde (1871–78), Vergleichende Grammatik der alterânischen Sprachen (1882), and Die arische Periode und ihre Zustände (1887).

Literary works

  • Kammavâkya (Bonn, 1841)
  • Anecdota palica (Leipzig, 1845)
  • Kommentar über das Avesta (Leipzig, 1865–69, 2 vols.)
  • Grammatik der altbaktrischen Sprache (Leipzig, 1867)
  • Chrestomathia persica (Leipzig, 1845)
  • Grammatik der Pârsisprache (Leipzig, 1851)
  • Einleitung in die traditionellen Schriften der Parsen (Leipzig, 1856–60, 2 vols.)
  • Die altpersischen Keilinschriften im Grundtext, mit Übersetzung, Grammatik und Glossar (Leipzig, 1862, 2nd ed. 1881)
  • Erân, das Land zwischen dem Indus und Tigris (Berlin, 1863)
  • Arische Studien (Leipzig, 1873)
  • Erânischen Altertumskunde (Leipzig, 1871–78, 3 vols.)
  • Vergleichende Grammatik der alterânischen Sprachen (Leipzig, 1882)
  • Die arische Periode und ihre Zustände (Leipzig, 1887)
  • “Beiträgen zur vergleichenden Sprachforschung,” in the Zeitschrift der deutschen morgenländischen Gesellschaft

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