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PIETER BURMANN (1714-1778)

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Originally appearing in Volume V04, Page 846 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PIETER

BURMANN (1714-1778)  , called by himself " the Younger " (Secundus), Dutch philologist,
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nephew of the above, was born at Amsterdam on the 13th of
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October 1714 . He was brought up by his
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uncle in
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Leiden, and afterwards studied law and
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philology under C . A . Duker and Arnold von Drakenborch at Utrecht . In 1735 he was appointed professor of eloquence and
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history at
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Franeker, with which the chair of
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poetry was combined in 1741 . In the following
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year he
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left Franeker for Amsterdam to become professor of history and philology at the
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Athenaeum . He was subsequently professor of poetry (1744), general librarian (1752), and inspector of the gymnasium (1753) . In 1777 he retired, and died on the 24th of
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June 1778 at Sandhorst, near Amsterdam . He resembled his more famous uncle in the manner and direction of his studies, and in his violent disposition, which involved him in quarrels with contemporaries, notably Saxe and Klotz . He was a man of extensive learning, and had a
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great talent for Latin poetry . His most valuable
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works are: Anthologia Veterum Latinorum Epigrammatum et Poematum (1759–1773) ; Aristophanis comoediae Novem (176o) ; Rhetorica ad Herennium (1761) . He completed the
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editions of Virgil (1746)and Claudian (176o), which had been left unfinished by his uncle, and commenced an edition of Propertius, one of his best works, which was only
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half printed at the time of his
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death .

It was completed by L.

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van Santen and published in 1780 .

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