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Karl Gottlob Zumpt

Karl Gottlob Zumpt

German philologist
The basics
Occupations Linguist Linguist Philologist
Countries Germany
Gender male
Birth April 1, 1792 (Berlin, Germany)
Death June 25, 1849 (Karlovy Vary, Karlovy Vary District, Karlovy Vary Region, Czech Republic)
Authority ISNI id Library of congress id Openlibrary id VIAF id
The details

Karl Gottlob (Carolus Timotheus) Zumpt (1 April 1792, Berlin – 25 June 1849) was a German classical scholar known for his work in the field of Latin philology.

Educated at Heidelberg and Berlin, he was from 1812 onward, a schoolteacher at Friedrich Werder Gymnasium in Berlin. In 1821 he transferred as a professor to the Joachimsthal Gymnasium, also in Berlin. In 1827 he was appointed professor of classical philology at the University of Berlin.

His chief work was his "Latin Grammar" ("Lateinische Grammatik"", 1818), which stood as a standard work until superseded by Johan Nicolai Madvig's textbook in 1844 (In Danish: "Latinsk Sproglære til Skolebrug"). He edited Quintilian's "Institutio Oratoria" (Volume 5, 1829. a project started by Georg Ludwig Spalding), as well as works by Quintus Curtius Rufus and Cicero:

  • "Q. Curtii Rufi De gestis Alexandri Magni, regis Macedonum, libri qui supersunt octo by Quintus Curtius Rufus", 1826.
  • "M. Tullii Ciceronis Verrinarum libri septem", 1830.
  • "M. Tullii Ciceronis de officiis libri tres. Ad optimorum exemplarium sidem recensiti", 1837.

Otherwise, he primarily devoted his time and efforts to Roman history, publishing "Annales veterum regnorum et populorum" (3rd ed. 1862), a work in chronology down to 476 AD, and other antiquarian studies.

He was the uncle of August Wilhelm Zumpt.

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