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Georg Fabricius, born Georg Goldschmidt (April 23, 1516 – July 17, 1571), was a Protestant German poet, historian and archaeologist.

Life

Fabricius was born in Chemnitz in Saxony and educated at Leipzig. Travelling in Italy with one of his pupils, he made an exhaustive study of the antiquities of Rome. He published the results in his Roma (1550), in which the correspondence between every discoverable relic of the old city and the references to them in ancient literature was traced in detail. In 1546 he was appointed rector of Saint Afra in Meissen.

In 1549 Fabricius edited the first short selection of Roman inscriptions specifically focusing on legal texts. This was a key moment in the history of classical epigraphy: for the first time in print a humanist explicitly demonstrated the value of such archaeological remains for the discipline of law, and implicitly accorded texts inscribed in stone as authoritative status as those recorded in manuscripts.

In his sacred poems he affected to avoid every word with the slightest savour of paganism; and he blamed the poets for their allusions to pagan divinities.

Fabricius died at Meissen.

Works

Principal works:

  • editions of Terence (1548), Virgil (1551) and Horace (1555, apud H. Petrum)
  • Poëmatum sacrorum libri xxv. (1560)
  • Poëtarum veterum ecclesiasticorum opera Christiana (1562)
  • De Re Poëtica libri septem (1565)
  • Rerum Misnicarum libri septem (1569)

Posthumous:

  • Originum I illustrissiniae stirpis Saxonicae libri sepiem (1597)
  • Rerum Germaniae magnae et Saxoniae universae memorabilium mirabiliumque volumina duo (1609).

A life of Georg Fabricius was published in 1839 by D. C. W. Baumgarten-Crusius, who in 1845 also issued an edition of Fabricius's Epistolae ad W Meurerum et alios aequales, with a short sketch De Vita Ge. Fabricius de gente Fabriciorum; see also F. Wachter in Ersch and Gruber's Allgemeine Encyclopädie.

References

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

GEORG FABRICIUS (1516-1571), German poet, historian and archaeologist, was born at Chemnitz in upper Saxony on the 23rd of April 1516, and educated at Leipzig. Travelling in Italy with one of his pupils, he made an exhaustive study of the antiquities of Rome. He published the results in his Roma (1550), in which the correspondence between every discoverable relic of the old city and the references to them in ancient literature was traced in detail. In 1546 he was appointed rector of the college of Meissen, where he died on the 17th of July 1571. In his sacred poems he affected to avoid every word with the slightest savour of paganism; and he blamed the poets for their allusions to pagan divinities.

Principal works: editions of Terence (1548) and Virgil (1551); Poematum sacrorum libri xxv. (1560); Poetarum veterum ecclesiasticorum opera Christiana (1562); De Re Poetica libri septem (1565); Rerum Misnicarum libri septem (1569); (posthumous) Originu7n illustrissimae stirpis Saxonicae libri septem (1597); Rerum Germaniae magnae et Saxoniae universae memorab'lium mirabiliumque volumina duo (1609). A life of Georg Fabricius was published in 1839 by D. C. W. Baumgarten-Crusius, who in 1845 also issued an edition of Fabricius's Epistolae ad W. Meurerum et alios aequales, with a short sketch De Vita Ge. Fabricii et de genie Fabriciorum; see also F. Wachter in Ersch and Gruber's Allgemeine Encycloprdie.


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