Brondstedt, Peter Oluf, was born at Horsens, Jutland, in 1781, and having been educated at the university at Copenhagen, visited France and Italy, afterwards going to Greece with other archaeologists. After three years of active research, the results of which were published, he came home to take the professorship of Greek at Copenhagen. With a view to completing his great work, Travels and Archaeological Researches in Greece, he was sent as Danish envoy to the Papal Court (1818), and remained abroad until 1832, visiting England in 1826. He was now made director of the royal museum of antiquities, professor of archaeology, and ultimately rector of the university. He died through a fall from his horse in 1842.