Aleksander Chodźko

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Aleksander Chodźko
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Aleksander Chodźko
Born 30 August 1804
Krzywicze, Russia
Died 27 December 1891
Noisy-le-Sec, France
Occupation poet, Slavist, and Iranologist
Nationality Polish
Relatives Leonard Chodźko

Aleksander Borejko Chodźko (30 August 1804 – 27 December 1891) was a Polish poet, Slavist, and Iranologist.


He was born in Krzywicze in Russia (today's Kryvičy, Belarus), and attended the University of Vilnius. He was a member of the Filaret Association and the Institute of Oriental Studies that was attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Empire in Saint Petersburg.

From 1830 until 1844, he worked as a Russian diplomat in Iran. From 1852 until 1855, he worked for French Foreign Ministry in Paris. From 1857 until 1883 he succeeded Adam Mickiewicz in the chair of Slavic languages and literatures in the Collège de France.

He was a member of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland and the Société de Linguistique de Paris.

Partial bibliography[edit]


  • Popular Poetry of Persia. Specimens of the popular poetry of Persia, orally collected and translated with philological and historical notes. London: Oriental Translation Fund, 1842.
  • Specimens of the Popular Poetry of Persia. London, 1842.
  • Theatre persan. Paris, 1878.
  • Le Deisme des ti'ahhabis in the Journal Asiatique, series iv. vol. xi. pp. 168.
  • The Chodzko Collection. 33 scripts collected Chodźko preserved in the Bibliothèque Nationale of Paris. Also known as The Islamic Drama by Jamshid Malekpour.


  • Polish-English and English-Polish Dictionary (1851)
  • Fairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen. London. (Translated by Emily J. Harding)
  • The Twelve Months: A Slav Legend appeared in Good Stories for Great Holidays, by Frances J. Olcott (2006 BiblioBazaar, LLC)
  • Les chants historiques de l'Ukraine (Paris; reprinted by Bibliolife, 2008). 284 pp.

Ballads and poems[edit]

  • Ballad Maliny
  • Poezye Alex. St. Petersburg, 1828 (2nd edition, Poznan, 1833).

Further reading[edit]

  • Aleksander Chodzko (1804–1891) and his "Oriental" Poems by Anna Krasnowolska. Polska Akademia Nauk oddz. Kraków, 2003.
  • The Oldest Known Texts in New Tabari: The Collection of Aleksander Chodźko by Habib Borjian, Archiv orientální Vol. 74, No. 2, 2006. This journal is published by the Oriental Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (ASCR).

External links[edit]

  • Independent, The (London), 3 May 2000 by Neal Ascherson [1]
  • Alexander Chodzko as the forerunner of unveiling the Azerbaijani culture in the west, par Ihar Lalkoŭ, М.А., History, Center for East European Studies, University of Warsaw - pdf - pages 20–22 ; [2]
  • Аляксандр Ходзька
  • Genealogy: [3]