Category: Biographies

Oscar White Muscarella

Oscar White Muscarella (26 Mar. 1931 – present) is “one of the foremost archaeologists of the ancient Near East. Oscar Muscarella is a former curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a formidable scholar who has excavated at sites in Turkey, Iran, and… Continue Reading “Oscar White Muscarella”

Rev. John Black (c.1778-1825)

When I first began searching for information about John Black, I ran into some confusion. There was a John Black (1768-1849) who seemed to be a good fit[1] but upon further investigation[2], [3] I think John Black (c.1778-1825) is a better fit. Additionally, based… Continue Reading “Rev. John Black (c.1778-1825)”

Elias Joseph Bickerman

Elias Joseph Bickerman (1897-1981) was a secular Russian Jew and a leading scholar of antiquity during his lifetime. He had a strong desire to be known for his scholarship and so he made significant efforts to hide details about his personal life. This has… Continue Reading “Elias Joseph Bickerman”

Anthony Thomas Grafton (b.1950)

Anthony Thomas Grafton (b.1950) is a scholar of early modern European history and the history of science. His areas of interest are book history, historiography, and intellectual history from the 15th-18th centuries.[1] Life 1950: He was born in May. c.1960: He was in 6th… Continue Reading “Anthony Thomas Grafton (b.1950)”

Robert Russell Newton

Robert Russell Newton (1918-1991) was an American physicist, astronomer, and historian of science. He is most commonly remembered for his works on Ptolemy being a fraud, and less commonly remembered for his works on the change of the rotation rate of the earth and… Continue Reading “Robert Russell Newton”

Biography of Constantine Simonides

Constantine Simonides (1820-1890) was a paleographer and icon-dealer. He is remembered mostly for being the most “versatile forger” of the 19th century. ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ 1820 – He is born on the Greek island Symi. 1839-1841 – He lives in a monastery on… Continue Reading “Biography of Constantine Simonides”

Biography of Karl Wilhelm Ludwig Müller

Karl Wilhelm Ludwig Müller (1813-1894) was a German classicist. He is most commonly remembered for his Didot editions of fragmentary Greek authors, especially the monumental five-volume Fragmenta Historicorum Graecorum (1841–1870). ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ 1813 – He is born in Clausthal, Germany. 1836 – He publishes De Aeschyli Septem Contra Thebas,… Continue Reading “Biography of Karl Wilhelm Ludwig Müller”

Biography of Felix Jacoby

Felix Jacoby (1876-1959) was a Germen classicist and philologist. He is most commonly known for his work Fragmente der griechischen Historiker, a collection of text fragments attributed to ancient Greek historians. ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ 1876 – He is born in Magdeburg to Jewish parents.… Continue Reading “Biography of Felix Jacoby”

Biography of Constantin von Tischendorf

Constantin von Tischendorf (1815-1874) was a world-leading biblical scholar in his time. He is most famous for his discovery of the Codex Sinaiticus. ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ 1815 – He is born in Lengenfeld, Saxony. 1834 – He begins his scholarly career at the University… Continue Reading “Biography of Constantin von Tischendorf”

Biography of Marcellinus Comes

Marcellinus Comes (d.534) was a Latin chronicler of the Eastern Roman Empire. An Illyrian by birth, he spent most of his life at the court of Constantinople, which is the focus of his surviving work. Only one work of his survives, a chronicle (Annales), which was a continuation of Eusebius’s Ecclesiastical History. It… Continue Reading “Biography of Marcellinus Comes”

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