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Ernesti, Johann August (1707-1781), a German theologist and grammarian, was born in Thuringia, and studied at Wittenberg and Leipzig, devoting himself especially to ancient literature and philology. In 1742 he was appointed professor of ancient literature in the Leipzig University, and in 1759 professor of theology. He was noted for his biblical exegesis and criticism, and still more for his editions of the classics. His elegant Latin style gained him the name of "the German Cicero."