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FRIEDRICH BLASS (1843—1907)

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Originally appearing in Volume V04, Page 44 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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FRIEDRICH BLASS (1843—1907), German classical scholar, was born on the 22nd of January 1843 at Osnabruck. After studying at Gottingen and Bonn from 186o to 1863, he lectured at several gymnasia and at the university of Konigsberg. In 1876 he was appointed extraordinary professor of classical philology at Kiel, and ordinary professor in 1881. In 1892 he accepted a professorship at Halle, where he died on the 5th of March 1907. He frequently visited England, and was intimately acquainted with leading British scholars. He received an honorary degree from Dublin University in 1892, and his readiness to place the results of his labours at the disposal of others, together with the courtesy and kindliness of his disposition, won the respect of all who knew him. Blass is chiefly known for his works in connexion with the study of Greek oratory: Die griechische Beredsamkeit von Alexander bis auf Augustus (1865) ; Die attische Beredsamkeit (1868—1880; 2nd ed., 1887—1898), his greatest work; editions for the Teubner series of Andocides (1880), Antiphon (1881), Hypereides (1881, 1894), Demosthenes (Dindorf's ed., 1885), Isocrates (1886), Dinarchus (1888), Demosthenes (Rehdantz' ed., 1893), Aeschines (1896), Lycurgus, Leocrates (1902); Die Rhythmen der attischen Kunstprosa (1901); Die Rhythmen der asianischen and romischen Kunstprosa (1905). Among his other works are editions of Eudoxus of Cnidus (1887), the 'AOnvalwv 7roAireia (4th ed., 1903), a work of great importance, and Bacchylides (3rd. ed., 1904); Grammatik des neutestamentlichen Griechisch (1902; Eng. trans. by H. St John Thackeray, 1905); Hermeneutik and Kritik and Palaographie, Buchwesen, and Handschriftenkunde (vol. i. of Miller's Handbuch der klassischen Altertumswissenschaft, 1891); Uber die Aussprache des Griechischen (1888; Eng. trans. by W. J. Purton, 1890); Die Interpolationen in der Odyssee (1904); contributions to Collitz's Sammlung der griechischen Dialektinschriften; editions of the texts of certain portions of the New Testament (Gospels and Acts). His last work was an. edition of the Choephori (1906). See notices in the Academy, March 16, 1907 (J. P. Mahaffy) ; Ciassical Review, May 1907 (J. E. Sandys), which contains also a review of Die Rhythmen der asianischen and romischen Kunstprosa.
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