Karl Ludwig Lehrs (January 14, 1802 – June 9, 1878), was a German classical scholar.

Karl Lehrs

Born at Königsberg, he was Jewish, but in 1822 he converted to Christianity. In 1845 he was appointed professor of ancient Greek philology at Königsberg University, a post he held until his death.


His most important works are:

Lehrs was a man of decided opinions; his enthusiasm for everything Greek caused him to insist on the undivided authorship of the Iliad; comparative mythology and the symbolical interpretation of myths he regarded as a species of sacrilege.


  1. ^ The three treatises which are the object of this study are Περὶ μονήρους λέξεως, Περὶ Ἰλιακῆς προσωιδίας, and Περὶ διχρόνων.


  •   This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Lehrs, Karl". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 16 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 384.