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Droysen, Johann Gustav
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(Jul 6, 1808, Treptow – Jun 19, 1884, Berlin) studied philology and philosophy in Berlin beginning in 1826, gaining a doctorate in 1831; his Habilitation followed two years later. In 1840, he was appointed to a chair of history in Kiel. He taught at Jena from 1851 and in Berlin from 1859 until his death. Shaped from youth by enlightened theology, neo-humanism and the spirit of the Prussian reform period, he devoted himself to ancient history as a disciple of Sachphilologie (the “philology of facts”), especially during his first period in Berlin. Droysen made …

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Berner, Hans-Ulrich, “Droysen, Johann Gustav”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 05 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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