1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Bernhardy, Gottfried

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BERNHARDY, GOTTFRIED (1800-1875), German philologist and literary historian, was born on the 20th of March 1800, at Landsberg on the Wartia, in Brandenburg. He was the son of Jewish parents in reduced circumstances. Two well-to-do uncles provided the means for his education, and in 1811 he entered the ]oachimsthal gymnasium at Berlin. In 1817 he went to Berlin University to study philology, where he had the advantage of hearing F. A Wolf (then advanced in years), August Bockh and P. Buttmann. In 1822 he took the degree of doctor of philosophy at Berlin, and in 1825 became extraordinary professor. In 1829 he succeeded C. Reisig as ordinary professor and director of the philological seminary at Halle, and in 1844 was appointed chief librarian of the university. He died suddenly on the 14th of May 1875. The most important of Bernhardy's works were his histories (or sketches) of Greek and Roman literature; Grnndriss der rornisclzcn Litteratnr (5th ed., 1872); Grundriss der griechischcn Lilleratnr (pt. i., Introduction and General View, 1836; pt. ii, Greek Poetry, 1845; pt. iii., Greek Prose Literature, was never published). A fifth edition of pts. i. and ii., by R. Volkmann, began in 1892. Other works by Bernhardy are: Eralosl/zenica (1822); Wisscnschaftliche Syntax der grieohisolzen Sprae/ze (1829, suppts. 1854, 1862); Grnndlinien zur Encyc/opddie der Plzilologie (1832); the monumental edition of the Lexicon of Suidas (1834-1853); and an edition of F. A. Wolf's Kleine Sc/zrzften (1869).

See Volkmann, G. Bernhardy (1887).