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Ferdinand Gregorovius[needs German IPA] (19 January 1821 Neidenburg, Kingdom of Prussia
Kingdom of Prussia
– 1 May 1891 Munich, Kingdom of Bavaria) was a German historian who specialized in the medieval history of Rome.[1] Gregorovius was the son of Neidenburg district justice council Ferdinand Timotheus Gregorovius and his wife Wilhelmine Charlotte Dorothea Kausch. Gregorovius family members lived for over 300 years in Prussia and had many jurist, preachers and artists. One famous ancestor of Ferdinand's was Johann Adam Gregorovius, born 1681 in Johannisburg, district of Gumbinnen. An earlier ancestor named Grzegorzewski had come to Prussia from Poland. Ferdinand Gregorovius
Ferdinand Gregorovius
was born at Neidenburg, East Prussia (now Nidzica, Poland), and studied theology and philosophy at the University of Königsberg. In 1838, he joined the Corps Masovia. After teaching for many years, Gregorovius took up residence in Italy
Italy
in 1852, remaining in that country for over twenty years. In 1876, he was made honorary citizen of Rome, the first German to be awarded this honor. A street and a square are named after him. He eventually returned to Germany, where he died in Munich. He is best known for Wanderjahre in Italien, his account of the travels on foot that he took through Italy
Italy
in the 1850s, and the monumental Die Geschichte der Stadt Rom im Mittelalter (History of Rome
Rome
in the Middle Ages), a classic for Medieval
Medieval
and early Renaissance history. He also wrote biographies of Pope Alexander VI
Pope Alexander VI
and Lucrezia Borgia, as well as works on Byzantine history and medieval Athens, and translated Italian authors into German, among them Giovanni Melis. According to Jesuit Father John Hardon, S.J. Gregorovius was "a bitter enemy of the popes."[2] Works[edit]

Der Ghetto und die Juden in Rom, Mit Einem Geleitwort von Leo Baeck, Im Schocken Verlag/Berlin, 1935 (originally published, 1853) Der Tod des Tiberius
Tiberius
("Tiberius' Death", 1851) Geschichte des römischen Kaisers Hadrian
Hadrian
und seiner Zeit ("History of the Roman Emperor Hadrian
Hadrian
and His Times", 1851)

The Emperor Hadrian
Hadrian
(1898 translation by Mary E. Robinson)

Siciliana (1853) Corsica (1854);[3] Corsica (1855 trans. by Edward Joy Morris) Göthe’s Wilhelm Meister in seinen socialistischen Elementen entwickelt. Schwäbisch Hall: E. Fischhaber, 1855. Geschichte der Stadt Rom im Mittelalter (1859–1872) Translated into English 'The History of Rome
Rome
in the Middle Ages' (1894–1902). (reissued by Italica Press, 2000–2004.); (reissued by Cambridge University Press, 2010. ISBN 978-1-108-01513-4)

Anne Hamilton's trans. of the 4th German edition

Wanderjahre in Italien (1856–1877) Die Insel Capri (1868); The island of Capri (1879 trans. by Lilian Clarke) Geschichte der Stadt Athen im Mittelalter. Von der Zeit Justinians bis zur türkischen Eroberung ("History of Athens
Athens
in the Middle Ages. From Justinian to the Turkish Conquest", 1889) Lucretia Borgia und ihre Zeit (Lucrezia Borgia: a chapter from the morals of the Italian Renaissance, 1874)

John Leslie Garner's trans. of the 3rd German edition

Die Grabmäler der Römischen Päpste (The Tombs of The Roman Popes), first edition 1857 in German (Google books link), later in 1881 as Die Grabdenkmäler der Päpste (The Tombs of The Popes) (Open Library link) and in English as The Tombs of the Popes (tr: Louisa W. Terry) Victoria Press, Rome
Rome
1904 (Google books link) Die Insel Capri. Idylle vom Mittelmeer (1897)

M. Douglass Fairbairn's trans.

Notes[edit]

^ Münz, Sigmund (1892). "Ferdinand Gregorovius". English Historical Review: 697–704.  ^ Hardon, John (1998). "IV. Recognizing the True Church". Christ to Catholicism. InterMirifica. Retrieved 2008-01-02.  External link in publisher= (help) ^ "Review of Corsica by Ferdinand Gregorovius". The London Quarterly Review: 134–143. January 1855. 

External links[edit]

Works by Ferdinand Gregorovius
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at Project Gutenberg Works by or about Ferdinand Gregorovius
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at Internet Archive Works by Ferdinand Gregorovius
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at LibriVox
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(public domain audiobooks) Works by Ferdinand Gregorovius
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at Open Library Ferdinand Gregorovius Latian Summers (1903 English translation of part of Wanderjahre in Italien)

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 17261628 LCCN: n50031473 ISNI: 0000 0000 8096 2613 GND: 118541951 SUDOC: 030100038 BNF: cb12158378b (data) NLA: 36147271 NKC: jn20000602419 ICCU: ITICCUCFIV65192 BNE: XX958445 SN

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