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Vossius, Gerardus Johannes

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Author(s): Schirren, Thomas
Voss, Jansz Gerrit (Johann Gerhard); Dutch scholar, Humanist and theologian. Born March or April 1577 in Heidelberg, died Amsterdam 17. 3. 1649. Entered Latin school at Dordrecht 1587; from 1595 studied philosophy and theology at Univ. of Leiden. 1598 doctorate (MA). ¶ After two years at the faculty, became rector of the Latin school of Dordrecht; 1615–1619 rector of Collegium Theologicum in Leiden; from 1622 prof. of eloquence and history at the Univ. of Leiden. From 1632 rector of the Athenaeum Illustre in Amsterdam. Biography and scholarly career V. was born into an eminent fami…