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Jacobs, Christian Friedrich Wilhelm

, a distinguished classicist, was born at Gotha, October 6, 1764. He studied philology, theology, and philosophy at the universities of Jena and Göttingen, and in 1785 became an iustructor in the Gymnasium at Gotha, with a position after 1802 in the Public Library of that city. In 1807 he accepted the office of classical teacher in the Munich Lyceum, returning, however, to Gotha in 1810 to assume full charge of the Library and of the collection of numismatics and antiques. From 1831 to 1842 he was director of the art collections of Gotha. He died March 30, 1847. Besides many special editions of the classics, including the Carmina Iliaca of Tzetzes, Aelian, Achilles Tatius, and the Imagines of the Philostrati, Jacobs was a prolific contributor to general literature and a frequent translator. His essays on topics relating to classical philology were published at various times with the title Vermischte Schriften, and make eight volumes in all (1823-44). His most important classical work is an edition of the Anthologia Graeca, 13 vols. (1794-1814). He also made numerous translations from the Anthology, which he published under the title of Tempe, in 2 vols. (1803). His elemeutary book on Greek (Elementarbuch der griechischen Sprache), published in 1805, was long popular. Of his other writings may be mentioned the Geschichte des weiblichen Geschlechts. See Bursian, Geschichte der class. Philol. in Deutschland, pp. 635-640.

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