See also:born at Gorcum, in
See also:Holland, on the rith of
See also:September 1584 . After completing his early
See also:education at
See also:Leiden, he entered the university of that city, and in 16o8 took the degree of
See also:master of arts . By the advice of
See also:Scaliger he studied
See also:languages whilst taking his course of
See also:theology . He afterwards travelled in England, France, Italy and Germany, forming connexions with learned men, and availing himself of the information which they communicated . During his stay at
See also:Paris he contracted a friendship with Casaubon, which lasted during his
See also:life, and also took lessons in Arabic from an
See also:Joseph Barbatus, otherwise called
See also:Abu-dakni . At Venice he perfected himself in the
See also:Turkish, Persic and Ethiopic languages . After a long
See also:absence, Erpenius returned to his own
See also:country in 1612, and on the loth of
See also:February 1613 he was appointed
See also:professor of Arabic and other Oriental languages,
See also:Hebrew excepted, in the university of Leiden . Soon after his settlement at Leiden, animated by the example of
See also:Savary de Breves, who had established an Arabic
See also:press at Paris at his own
See also:charge, he caused new Arabic characters to be cut at a
See also:great expense, and erected a press in his own
See also:house . In 1619 the curators of the university of Leiden instituted a second
See also:chair of Hebrew in his favour . In 162o he was sent by the States of Holland to induce
See also:Pierre Dumoulin or
See also:Rivet to settle in that country; and after a 'second
See also:journey he was successful in inducing Rivet to comply with their
See also:request . Some
See also:time after the return of Erpenius, the states appointed him their interpreter; and in this capacity he had the
See also:duty imposed upon him of translating and replying to the different letters of the Moslem princes of
See also:Asia and Africa . His reputation had now spread throughout all
See also:Europe, and several princes, the
See also:kings of England and Spain, and the archbishop of Seville made him the most flattering offers; but he constantly refused to leave his native country .
He was preparing an edition of the
See also:Koran with a Latin
See also:translation and notes, and was projecting an Oriental library, when he died prematurely on the 13th .of
See also:November 1624 . Among his
See also:works may be mentioned his Grammatica Arabica, published originally in 1613 and often reprinted; Rudiments linguae Arabicae (162o) ; Grammatica Ebraea generalis (1621) ; Grammatica Chaldaica et
See also:Syria (1628); and an edition of Elmacin's
See also:History of the
See also:Saracens .
ERROLL (or ERROL), FRANCIS HAY, 9TH EARL OF (d. 163...
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