Emil Forrer

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Emil Orgetorix Gustav Forrer (also Emilio O. Forrer; German: [ˈfɔʀɐ]; 19 February 1894, Straßburg, Alsace-Lorraine – 10 January 1986, San Salvador) was a Swiss Assyriologist and pioneering Hittitologist. [1]

Moreover, Emil Forrer developed a deviant interdisciplinary field of research ("Meropisforschung"), based on textual fragments of the Greek historian Theopompus of Chios, and dealing with assumed pre- or protohistoric contacts between the Old- and the New World. [2] Antithetic to the prevailing academic school of thought, Forrer advocated the idea that Theopomp´s "Meropis" was not a fictional place, but an actually existing geographic entity.


  • Forrer, E. Neue Probleme zum Ursprung der indogermanichen Sprachen. “Mannus”, B. 26, 1934
  • Forrer, E. Homerisch und silenisch Amerika, San Salvador (author's edition) 1975

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  1. ^ >Robert Oberheid: Emil O. Forrer und die Anfänge der Hethitologie. Eine wissenschaftshistorische Biografie. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2007. ISBN 978-3-11-019434-0
  2. ^ Emil Forrer, Homerisch und silenisch Amerika, San Salvador (author's edition) 1975