Thursday, November 16, 2006

Biographical Sketch of Ernst Emil Herzfeld

HERZFELD, ERNST EMIL, (1879-1948), archeologist, philologist, and polyhistor, one of the towering figures in ancient Near Eastern and Iranian studies during the first half of the 20th century. To him we owe many decisive contributions to Islamic, Sasanian, and Prehistoric archeology and history of Iran, Iraq, and Syria. He was the first professor for Near Eastern archeology in the world and instrumental in drafting and issuing the first Persian law of antiquities, by Stefan R. Hauser, David Stronach, Hubertus von Gall, Prods Oktor Skjœrvø, and Josef Wiesehöfer in Encyclopaedia Iranica.

Two links added (November 25 2006):

Read the book: Ernst Herzfeld and the Development of Near Eastern Studies 1900-1950.

Look at the website of the Ernst-Herzfeld-Gesellschaft.

Read Milestones in the Development of Achaemenid Historiography in the Times of Ernst Herzfeld (1879-1948), by Pierre Briant

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