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Daniel Georg Morhof.

Daniel Georg Morhof (February 6, 1639 – July 30, 1691) was a German writer and scholar.


Morhof was born at Wismar. He first studied jurisprudence and then literae humaniores at the University of Rostock,[1] where his elegant Latin versification procured for him in 1660 the chair of poetry.[2] In 1665 he moved to the University of Kiel as professor of eloquence and poetry; this chair he exchanged for that of history in 1673. He died at Lübeck.[3]

Of his numerous writings, the most important are Unterricht von der deutschen Sprache und Poesie (1682), the first attempt in Germany at a systematic survey of European literature, and Polyhistor, sive de auctorum notitia et rerum commentarii (Lübeck, 1688, not completed till 1707; 4th ed., 1747), a kind of encyclopaedia of the knowledge and learning of his time.[3]


  1. ^ See entries of Daniel Georg Morhof in Rostock Matrikelportal
  2. ^ See entry of Daniel Georg Morhof in Catalogus Professorum Rostochiensium
  3. ^ a b   One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Morhof, Daniel Georg" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 18 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 836. This cites: