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Orelli, Johann Kaspar

A classical scholar born at Zürich, Switzerland, February 13, 1787. After entering the Church and preaching for some time at Bergamo, he became a teacher in a school at Coire, and in 1819 at Zürich. When the university in his native city was founded, Orelli was called to the chair of classical philology (1833). He died at Zürich January 6, 1849. Orelli is best known as an editor of classical texts, especially of Cicero in 8 vols. (1826-31), Horace (1837-38, 4th ed. 1892, with a lexicon), and Tacitus (1746-47, last ed. completed in 1894). He also compiled an Onomasticon Tullianum to Cicero (ed. by Halm and Baiter, 1851), and a collection of Latin inscriptions, entitled Inscriptionum Latinarum Selectarum Collectio (3 vols. 1856; revised by Henzen, with indexes).

See Adert, Essai sur la Vie et les Travaux de J. G. Orelli (Geneva, 1849).

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