Johann Gottfried Schweighäuser

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Johann Gottfried Schweighäuser (French: Jean Geoffroy Schweighaeuser) (2 January 1776, Strasbourg –14 March 1844), son of the classicist Johann Schweighäuser was also a distinguished French scholar and archaeologist, joint-author with Philippe de Golbéry of Antiquités de l'Alsace (1828).

In 1824 he took over his father's chair at the University of Strasbourg.

Schweighäuser's first important work was his edition of Appian (1785), with Latin translation and commentary, and an account of the manuscripts. On Brunck's recommendation, he had collated an Augsburg manuscript of Appian for Samuel Musgrave, who was preparing an edition of that author, and after Musgrave's death he felt it a duty to complete it. His Polybius, with translation, notes and special lexicon, appeared in 1789-1795.

According to Paul Louis Courier,[1] his father sent him to England to collate a manuscript for his edition of Athenaeus.

See monographs by Johann Georg Dahler, Charles Chrétien Léopold Cuvier, Jean-François Stiévenart (all 1830), Louis Spach (1868), Charles Rabany (1884), the two last containing an account of both father and son.


  1. ^ P. L. Courier, Oevres completes, Pleiade, Paris, 1964