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Nitzsch, Gregor Wilhelm

A distinguished Homeric scholar, born at Wittenberg, November 22, 1790. He was Professor of Ancient Literature in the University at Kiel from 1827 to 1852, and later Professor of Classical Philology at Leipzig. He died, July 22, 1861. His principal works are: Erklärende Anmerkungen zu Homers Odyssee, 3 vols. (1826-40); Meletemata de Historia Homeri, 2 vols. (1837); Die Sagenpoesie der Griechen (1852); and Geschichte der epischen Poesie der Griechen (1862). Nitzsch was perhaps the most eminent of those who argue for the essential unity of authorship of the two great Homeric poems. See the critical estimate of his work by Lübker, G. W. Nitzsch in seinem Leben und Wirken (Jena, 1864), and the article Homerus, pp. 838 foll.

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