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Curtius Ernst

Curtius, Ernst, a German archaeologist and historian, born at Lubeck (1814). He was educated at Bonn and other universities, and afterwards visited Athens and travelled much in Greece. For a time he taught in Berlin, and from 1844 to 1849 he was the tutor of the Crown Prince of Prussia (afterwards Emperor Frederick), whom he accompanied to Bonn. He was afterwards professor at Gottingen and Berlin. He did much exploration in Asia Minor. Of his works the best known in England is his history of Greece, which was translated by A. W. Ward. The opening chapter, which shows how from a geographical point of view Western Asia Minor is distinct from the Eastern part and forms a natural part of Greece, is very interesting. Besides many other works in his special subject, he collaborated in the production of an Atlas von Athen, and also in Ausgrabungen zu Olympia. On the 22nd of December, 1891, the jubilee of his 50th year of doctorate was celebrated, and he received many congratulations from the Emperor William and other friends and admirers.