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Franz Heinrich Ludolf Ahrens

Franz Heinrich Ludolf Ahrens (June 6, 1809 - September 25, 1881), German philologist, was born at Helmstedt[?].

After studying at Göttingen (1826-1829) under KO Müller and Ludolf Dissen, and holding several educational appointments, in 1849 he succeeded GF Grotefend[?], director of the Lyceum at Hanover, a post which he filled with great success for thirty years.

His most important work is De Graecae Linguae Dialectis (1839-1843, new ed. by Meister, 1882-1889), which, although unfortunately incomplete, dealing only with Aeolic[?] and Doric, and in some respects superseded by modern research, will always remain a standard treatise on the subject. He also published Bucalicorum Graecorum Reliquiae (1855-1859); studies on the dialects of Homer and the Greek lyrists; on Aeschylus; and some excellent school-books. A volume of his minor works (ed. Haberlin) was published in 1891, which also contains a complete list of his writings.


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