Aleksander Chodźko

Aleksander Borejko Chodźko (30 August 1804 – 27 December 1891) was a Polish poet, Slavist, and Iranologist.

Aleksander Chodźko
Aleksander Chodźko
Aleksander Chodźko
Born(1804-08-30)30 August 1804
Krzywicze, Vileysky Uyezd, Minsk Governorate, Russian Empire
Died27 December 1891(1891-12-27) (aged 87)
Noisy-le-Sec, France
OccupationPoet, Slavist, and Iranologist
Alma materImperial University of Vilnius
RelativesLeonard Chodźko

Early lifeEdit

He was born in Krzywicze, in the Minsk Governorate of the Russian Empire (present-day Belarus) and attended the Imperial University of Vilnius. He was a member of the Filaret Association and the Institute of Oriental Studies that was attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Empire in Saint Petersburg.


From 1830 until 1844 he worked as a Russian diplomat in Iran. From 1852 until 1855 he worked for the French Foreign Ministry in Paris. He succeeded Adam Mickiewicz in the chair of Slavic languages and literatures in the Collège de France, holding the post from 1857 until 1883.

He was a member of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland and the Société de Linguistique de Paris.

Partial bibliographyEdit

Emily J. Harding; Fairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen. Frontispiz (1896)


  • Popular Poetry of Persia. Specimens of the popular poetry of Persia, orally collected and translated with philological and historical notes. London: Oriental Translation Fund, 1842.
  • Specimens of the Popular Poetry of Persia. London, 1842.
  • Theatre persan. Paris, 1878.
  • Le Deisme des ti'ahhabis in the Journal Asiatique, series iv. vol. xi. pp. 168.
  • The Chodzko Collection. 33 scripts collected Chodźko preserved in the Bibliothèque Nationale of Paris. Also known as The Islamic Drama by Jamshid Malekpour.


  • Polish-English and English-Polish Dictionary (1851)
  • Fairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen. London. (Translated by Emily J. Harding)
  • The Twelve Months: A Slav Legend appeared in Good Stories for Great Holidays, by Frances J. Olcott (2006 BiblioBazaar, LLC)
  • Les chants historiques de l'Ukraine (Paris; reprinted by Bibliolife, 2008). 284 pp.

Ballads and poemsEdit

  • Ballad Maliny
  • Poezye Alex. St. Petersburg, 1828 (2nd edition, Poznan, 1833).  Wikimedia Commons has a file available.


Further readingEdit

  • Aleksander Chodzko (1804–1891) and his "Oriental" Poems by Anna Krasnowolska. Polska Akademia Nauk oddz. Kraków, 2003.
  • The Oldest Known Texts in New Tabari: The Collection of Aleksander Chodźko by Habib Borjian, Archiv Orientální Vol. 74, No. 2, 2006. This journal is published by the Oriental Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (ASCR).

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