Johann Georg von Hahn

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Hahn's Ethnographic map of Bulgar Morava Valley, 1861.

Johann Georg von Hahn (11 July 1811 – 23 September 1869) was an Austrian diplomat, philologist and specialist in Albanian history, language and culture.

Hahn was born in Frankfurt am Main. In 1847, he was named Austrian consul in Ioannina, today in Greece. He was transferred to the Hellenic Kingdom on the island of Syros in 1851, and from 1869 was the consul-general in Athens. He is considered the founder of Albanian studies. He assembled and published source materials on Albanian language and culture, learned the Albanian language and demonstrated its membership in the Indo-European family of languages. He died, aged 58, in Jena.


His published works:

  • Albanesische Studien. 3 vols. Jena: F. Mauko, 1854; Vienna: Hof- und Staatsdruckerei, 1853 (reprint Dion.Karavias, Athen 1981)
  • Reise von Belgrad nach Salonik. Vienna: K. K. Consul für östliche Griechenland, 1861.
  • Griechische und albanesische Märchen. 2 vols. Leipzig: 1864; Munich/Berlin 1918 – as ebook and several Google Books scans at
  • Reise durch die Gebiete von Drin und Wardar. Vienna: 1867.
  • Contes populaires grecs Free Google eBook (1879). A.-F. Høst, ed.

Books about him:

  • Gerhard Grimm, "Johann Georg von Hahn (1811-1869) - Leben und Werk", Wiesbaden 1964

External links[edit]

  • Biography of Johann Georg von Hahn on the website of Robert Elsie