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Jahn, Otto

, distinguished as an archaeologist and classical scholar, was born at Kiel, June 16, 1813. He pursued his university studies at Kiel, Leipzig, and Berlin, and after travelling extensively in Italy, took up his residence for a time at Rome, whence he was called to lecture at Kiel and later at Greifswald. In 1847 he became Professor of Archaeology at the University of Leipzig, where he founded the Archaeological Society and acted himself as Director of the Archaeological Museum. Having taken part with Mommsen and other distinguished men in the political agitation of 1848- 1849, he was deprived of his university offices in 1851. Four years later he received a call to Bonn as Professor of “Alterthumswissenschaft” and Director of the Art Museum, resigning in 1867 to succeed Gerhard at Berlin, but died before actually commencing to lecture there, September 9, 1869.

Jahn was a most prolific writer, and possessed a versatile mind coupled with acuteness and power. His contributions to literature comprise many works that are of the first importance. Such are his editions of Persius (1843), Censorinus (1845), Florus (1852), Pausaniae Descriptio Arcis Atheniensis (1860), the Brutus of Cicero (1849), Juvenal (1851), the Periochae of Livy (1853), the Psyche et Cupido of Apuleius (1856), the Electra of Sophocles (1861), the Symposium of Plato (1864), and Longinus (1867). Purely archaeological are the following works: Die hellenische Kunst (1846); Peitho (1846); a description of the antique vases in the Royal Bavarian Collection (1854); Die Wandgemälde des Columbariums in der Villa Pamfili (1859); a work on the evil eye (1855); and Darstellungen griechischer Dichter auf Vasenbildern (1861). Other works are the elaborate and able biography of Mozart (1856-60); the Gesammelte Aufsätze über Musik (1866); his Biographische Aufsätze (1866); and Ludwig Uhland (1853). See the sketch of Jahn by Vahlen (Vienna, 1870).

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